Conor McGregor today tweeted his shock decision to retire from MMA, bringing an end to a fabled and at times controversial UFC career. He made the announcement just hours after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he indicated he felt little need to fight. “I am set for life, my family is set for life,” he said.
In his abrupt and unexpected announcement, McGregor wrote, “I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in the competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
The Irish fighter hasn’t competed since October last year, when he lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He was suspended for six months when the fight descended into a brawl that extended into the crowd.
According to The Guardian, the decision is not as surprising as some have suggested. UFC president Dana White said it “makes sense” for the 30-year-old to retire at this point, considering his ongoing business ventures outside the sport.
One such venture includes his new whiskey brand, Proper No. Twelve, which McGregor promoted on his Fallon appearance below.