Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) star Conor McGregor announced on Monday that at the age of 30, he was putting an end to his career in this combat sport where all shots are allowed or almost.
“I decided to retire that day from the sport formerly known as mixed martial arts,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“I wish my former colleagues the best for their upcoming competitions,” he continues.
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 spectacular and provocative Irishman would have made more than $ 30 million for this fight, which he lost by stopping the referee in the 10th round.
Since then, McGregor has returned to an octagon, the MMA ring, and lost to Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, his fourth defeat for 21 MMA victories.
He had trouble with the American justice twice.
In April 2018, he wounded two fighters in New York after a press conference of Nurmagomedov and the UFC to which he was not invited.
He had pleaded guilty to disturbing public order, which saved him from trial and imprisonment. He had agreed to do community service and self-management training.
At the beginning of March, he was arrested again, in Miami, after an incident in front of a discotheque. He is accused of stealing a cell phone from a man who wanted to take a picture of him and destroying the camera by stomping on it before fleeing with it.
He was released after payment of a $ 12,500 bond.