“I decided to retire that day from the sport formerly known as mixed martial arts,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
This announcement sparked a lot of skepticism among MMA fans who have not forgotten that McGregor had already announced in April 2016 that he was retiring from sport.
McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious” has long been the figurehead of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the main organizer of MMA fights in the United States. He has held the UFC featherweight title from 2015 to 2016 and lightweight from 2016 to 2018.
But it was by participating in a controversial boxing bout against American legend Floyd Mayweather, in August 2017 in Las Vegas, that he gained worldwide notoriety and wealth.
The Irishman, spectacular and provocative, would have received more than 30 million dollars (26.5 million euros) for this fight he lost by stopping the referee at the 10th recovery.