Controversial Irish fighter Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) on Tuesday, five months after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title fight in Las Vegas.
UFC President Dana White also confirmed the news of McGregor’s retirement via text message to ESPN shortly after it was announced. “He has the money to retire and his whiskey is KILLIN it,” said White. “It totally makes sense and if I was him I would retire too.”
McGregor is also backed by a variety of sponsors including Beats by Dr. Dre, Burger King and Monster Energy drink. Cars are an important feature of McGregor’s image as well, with over 10 luxury vehicles making up his fleet. That includes his custom Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, valued at around $ 500,000.
Even if his MMA career is over, there is also speculation he could still take up another combat sport. Options include a possible return to the boxing ring or even a crack at bare-knuckle boxing.
In an interview with NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” which aired the night before McGregor’s Twitter announcement, he hinted that he was already looking at future fight options.
“There’s a lot of politics going on,” McGregor told Fallon in Monday’s broadcast.
“The fight game is a mad game, but like I said, to my fans, I am in shape and I am ready. There are a lot of opponents (out there).”
McGregor, who has never been far from controversy in his turbulent career, was charged in April 2018 with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after police said he attacked a charter bus in New York carrying UFC fighters.
He was also arrested in Florida earlier in March for a separate incident after he smashed a fan’s phone, allegedly having objected to having his picture taken when leaving a nightclub.
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