MMA lovers worldwide were hit with a bombshell yesterday evening when MMA all-star, Conor Mcgregor announced his retirement Monday night.
The news came via Twitter where Mcgregor states “I’ve decided to retire from the spot formerly known as ‘Mixed Martial Art today'”:
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
The last fight the Irish featherweight took part in was against Russian champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Russia took away the ‘W’ that night but Conor took an ‘L’ after reportedly getting involved in a post-match brawl. The indiscretion would set him back a hefty fine and a 6-month suspension from the sport.
This hasn’t been the champ’s only brush with the law, more recently he was reportedly involved in a ‘robbery’ charge involving a fan and a cell-phone. Needless to say, the Irish brawler hasn’t had the best of luck with the authorities.
One area of life he is doing well in? Business. His Whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey in particular, and an ode to his Island nation homeland. The 30-year-old has brought in heavy revenue streams from the alcoholic beverage and according to UFC President Dana White:
“He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN it. If I was him, I would retire too. He’s retiring from fighting. Not from working. The Whiskey will keep him busy, and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on. He has been so fun to watch!!! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.”
It can be noted that this is not the first time Mcgregor (or many celebrities in fact) have announced early retirement. After suffering one of his four defeats against Nate Diaz in 2016, he announced retirement but returned to the ring to fight and beat Diaz a year later.
Whether the Irish spitfire is sincere in his announcement or plans to secretly return, one thing’s for sure, he won’t want for financial stability. With multiple endorsements backed by a plethora of sponsors including Burger King, Beats by Dr. Dre, Anheuser-Busch, Reebok, and Monster Energy drink, it’s clear he has a solid foundation. Armed with a set of benefactors who aren’t worried about his antics affecting their reputation.