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Conor McGregor Announces Retirement from MMA

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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.

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    I googled Conor McGregor to see how this story had updated over the last day or two and the first thing I find is this:

    Report: McGregor under sexual assault inquiry

    Is odd timing for the NY Times and others to headline this story because it had been talked about for a few months now, I think. Unless that was another assault story. It also mentions:

    McGregor (21-4) last fought for the UFC in October. He suffered a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title fight at UFC 229. Earlier this month, McGregor was arrested in Miami on charges of robbery and criminal mischief after he took the phone of someone trying to take his picture, according to a police report.

    Before announcing his retirement on Monday, McGregor told "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" he was in the process of negotiating a potential return to the Octagon in July.

    So assault charge, recent arrest in Miami, retirement announcement, wanting to fight in July maybe.. Conor is a mess. I don't follow his career too closely, at least not outside the octagon, but seems to me like he should serve some jail time and go away from the spotlight for a long while.