Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday.
The two – division Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipWorld Champion said his fighting days were over in a Twitter message posted on his verified account , alongside a picture of the Irishman with his mother , Margaret.
“ Hey guys I’ ve decided to retire from fighting .
Thank you all for the amazing memories ! What a ride it ’ s been !” he wrote.
“Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins ! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you ! Whatever you desire it ’ s yours . ”
The controversial fighter, nicknamed “ The Notorious ” , previously announced his retirement from the sport in March last year after being battered into submission by arch- rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 .
In April 2016 he also said he was retiring with a now -famous tweet : “ I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’ s later . ”
His last appearance in the octagon was in January after a 15 month- absence when he knocked out American Donald “ Cowboy ” Cerrone in a ruthless 40- second destruction in Las Vegas.
The 31 – year – old , an icon of the UFC, is no stranger to controversy and hit the headlines last year for an attack on an older man in a Dublin bar that was captured in a viral video.
McGregor , one of the most popular fighters in MMA history, has a record of 22- 4 and was the first UFC fighter to hold two championship belts at the same time .
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He achieved that feat in 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title fight , adding it to his featherweight title .
That triumph was followed by a loss to boxing great Floyd Mayweather in a cross – combat superfight in 2017, his loss to Nurmagomedov , announcements of retirements and returns to fighting .
UFC president Dana White paid tribute to McGregor after the conclusion of UFC 250 in Las Vegas early Sunday morning .
“ If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire , you know my feelings about retirement, you should absolutely do it , ” White said at the post- event press conference .
“ I love Conor .
There’ s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me , and he ’ s one of them. ”
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