“The Notorious” Announces Retirement

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By Tyler Norris

On March 26, 2019, UFC’s most well recognized superstar, Conor McGregor, announced his retirement from the UFC via Twitter. This came as a shock to the mixed martial arts world, as his suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission would expire on April 6 due to his involvement in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229. The retirement announcement crushed all ideas of the Donald Cerrone vs McGregor fight that McGregor unofficially accepted on Twitter, as well as the highly anticipated rematch between McGregor and Nurmagomedov. However, there is a possibility that this retirement could be not be true. McGregor has announced his retirement before and proceeded to fight in the octagon twice the following six months. UFC President Dana White is not convinced of his retirement either, stating that he is going to meet with McGregor in the coming weeks so the two can come to an agreement to keep him happy. White also says there are things that Conor wants, the biggest being that he wants to own shares of the company, which White will simply not allow. He is sure that there are other ways to keep his biggest superstar happy, though. The fans of UFC are hoping to see McGregor return to the octagon sooner rather than later. With his suspension up this month, there are a plethora of fighters looking for a shot at the top three in the Lightweight division. Since his announcement, tempers have been flaring up between McGregor and Nurmagomedov over Twitter, personally attacking each other much like they did setting the scene for their first fight at UFC 229. The Twitter war is causing fans to crave McGregor’s return even more so than when he announced his retirement. If McGregor’s retirement announcement is true, than he does have a number of different things he can enjoy. First, he has a widely growing Irish whiskey company, Proper Twelve. He also recently had a child with his wife. Whatever McGregor decides to do, the fans of UFC hope to see him back in the cage. He single-handedly changed the sport of MMA with his outrageous banter towards opponents and continuous record breaking performances.