The Irish fighter of mixed martial arts (MMA) Conor McGregor has announced by surprise his withdrawal from the competition, five months after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title fight in Las Vegas that sparked a fight and led him to be punished with a six-month suspension.
McGregor, who has a record of 21 wins and four losses, is still suspended by the Nevada State Sports Commission for his participation in the tumult that erupted after his fight with the Russian fighter last October.
It is the second time that McGregor announces that he has "retired" throught social media. A month after losing to Nate Diaz in March 2016, he said he had decided to "retire young", but soon after he returned to defeat that same opponent.
"Hi guys, a quick announcement, today I decided to retire from the sport formally known as mixed martial arts. I wish all my old colleagues to continue with the competition. Now I join my former partners in this company, "the Irishman announced on his Twitter account.
Success with your brand of whiskey and your clothing line
The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, said in a statement that he understands McGregor's decision given the Commercial success of the Irishman with his own brand of whiskey and his clothing line, as well as its numerous sponsorship agreements.
"He has the money to retire, it makes all the sense, if I were him, I would retire too, he has achieved incredible things in this sport, I am very happy for him and I hope he will be as successful outside the octagon as he has been inside him" , transmitted.
After becoming one of the most popular mixed-arts fighters, McGregor further increased his fame after being measured in August 2017 in a million-dollar bout against the undefeated American boxer. Floyd Mayweather, who came out of retirement for this fight and who won the Irish.