McGregor caps off an amazing career that included a 21-4 record, being the first every multi-division champ in the UFC (featherweight, lightweight), and one of the best combat sports entertainers to ever do it. Naturally, after one of the most popular UFC fighters retired, some former, fellow fighters chimed in:
UFC President Dana White was also very empathetic toward McGregor’s decision in a recent statement. “He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN’ it,” White said. “It totally makes sense. If I was him, I would retire too. He’s retiring from fighting, not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy, and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on. He has been so fun to watch. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him, and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.”
The announcement comes just weeks after McGregors recent arrest, when he destroyed a fans phone. The champ recently lost a match to Khabib Nurmagomedov, and some fans were expecting to see a rematch in the future.
Prior to his retirement, McGregor seemed in good spirits during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where he gave Fallon a tasting of his Proper No. Twelve whiskey and sang some Irish songs at New York Citys Paddy Reillys pub. McGregor didnt hint at retirement during the interview and even said that he was in talks for a July match and was eager to fight.
"To my fans, Im in good shape, and Im ready to fight," he said. Several hours later, after The Tonight Show aired, McGregor announced his retirement on Twitter.