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The former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor announced in a tweet on Monday that he is retiring from MMA. This is pretty bizarre to me, and most likely to everyone else following the UFC. McGregor could go on for several more years to rake in millions and millions more, even if he looses every single fight. Conor said this in the tweet:
"Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!"
I wonder if he's doing this as a sort of PR or negotiation stunt. Announce to everyone that you're retiring, then spend several months training hard and letting your team negotiate for a massive payout to get you to come "out of retirement" for a big fight. We've all seen that done several times, and I think it fits in pretty good here. Actually, if I remember correctly, McGregor announced a retirement back in 2016.. Then took it back just a couple days later. So you know, this is probably just McGregor being McGregor.