Casual followers of the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene would at least have knowledge of some of the biggest names in the intense and violent sport. One might recall Ronda Rousey, who was the household name for women’s MMA prior to joining the WWE (and playing Sonya Blade in “Mortal Kombat 11”). The same goes for the likes of Conor McGregor with the men; he is ninth in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, and he is remembered with varying degrees for his 2017 pro boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr. His MMA career is easily described as storied. And like Ronda Rousey, he may be seriously leaving the sport as well.
ABS-CBN Sports would have it that UFC fighter extraordinaire Conor McGregor may have just announced his retirement from MMA on social media. A “quick announcement” post on his official Twitter page dated March 26 would have it that he has made a decision to leave “the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ this early Tuesday. He adds that he wishes his old colleagues well as they continue in competition, even as he joins his “former partners in the venture” who have retired before him.
Granted, this is not exactly the first time the now-aged 30 Irish fighter suddenly sounded that he was leaving MMA. The first time he did so was in 2016. He termed it as wishing to “retire young” following a loss one month prior to Nate Diaz. That decision lasted barely a day when he got into an argument with his promoters regarding a rematch with Diaz. It went through and McGregor won their next encounter, spurring the former to carry on in the UFC, even as quirky stunts like his fight with Mayweather and embarrassing run-ins with the law began to overshadow his MMA career.
Conor McGregor moved from featherweight to welterweight through his time in mixed martial arts, debuting on the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2013. In 25 total professional fights he won 21 -18 by knockout and one by submission, the same manner by which he suffered his 4 losses. As a boxer he only fought once against Floyd Mayweather Jr., after which he had a UFC hiatus until returning in fall of 2018. In October of that year he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov and got a fine and six-month suspension when he caused a post-match brawl. Following an arrest in Florida this early March, it seemed McGregor really needed to fade from the public for some time.
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