Yesterday Conor McGregor rocked the sporting world by taking to twitter to announce his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts, otherwise known as MMA.
McGregor made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), back in 2013. After being involved in professional Mixed Martial Arts prior to his arrival to the UFC, president Dana White took the decision to offer McGregor a contract, in February 2013. By April, it was time for the highly anticipated arrival of the Irishman. An arrival that didn’t last long. A debut against, Marcus Brimage, lasted just over a minute.
The confident, cocky Dubliner announced himself in style, but little was it known that he would go on to make the industry his own.
Having been involved in several high-profile fights, including against the likes of Nate Diaz, Max Holloway, Jose Aldo, Floyd Mayweather and his final opponent it seems, Khabib Nurmagomedov, it may still be his bout against Eddie Alvarez that he is most remembered for.
UFC 205 – History maker
A first loss that was quickly rectified, left McGregor with all eyes on more title glory. After, avenging a stunning defeat to the hands of Diaz, with a victory via unanimous decision at the second time of asking, Alvarez became the next man on the agenda.
Going into the fight, McGregor knew that he would make history should his hand be raised in the centre of the ring. Naturally a featherweight, McGregor found himself with the opportunity to add the UFC Lightweight title to his name, but also came the chance to be the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.
The change in weight proved to be no real issue, a dominant display from McGregor saw Alvarez on the canvas several times before eventually being stopped in the second round.
Speaking post fight in an interview with Joe Rogan via Telegraph inside the cage, McGregor delivered a typical response by his standards, stating:
“Not one bit was surprising, they are not at my level,
“They have got to have size, reach, length, you have got to have some attributes. If you come in any way equal to me I am going to rip your head off, it happens every time.
“Eddie is a solid competitor, Eddie is a warrior, but he shouldn’t have been in here with me and that’s just the truth of it.”
A brief Boxer
With the UFC taken by storm, it just wasn’t enough. The ‘Notorious’ McGregor turned all of his attention to a short career switch into the world of Boxing. It would eventually happen that two huge stars from their respective industries would clash.
26th August 2017, McGregor took on arguably one of greatest boxers to walk the planet in Mayweather. The American, who came out of retirement especially for the fight, made it a difficult night for McGregor. In fairness, it proved to be a step too far, out of his comfort zone and out on his feet, he was noticeably outclassed inside the ropes.
It would be fair to say that no sportsman or woman would be happy to lose. Although, the mere fact of a reported $100,000,000 earning from his Boxing debut, may just have softened the blow.
The final farewell
Should McGregor’s final fight prove to have been against, Nurmagomedov, more notably referred to as just ‘Khabib’, it would be appropriate to say he will have had an explosive ending to his UFC career.
With the temperature rising between the two arch rivals, words and actions began to turn sour between the pair. Khabib appeared to single out McGregor’s friend, Artem Lobov, sparking a major reaction from the ‘Notorious’. An attack on Khabib’s coach, set the pair up for a mouth-watering clash.
The bad blood would continue all the way into the ring and even outside it, literally. Almost two years on from his history making night at Madison Square Gardens, McGregor returned to the ring for the first time. It turned out to be too much to ask against one of the most highly rated fighters in the sport. He was eventually stopped in the fourth round.
Post-fight actions involving a brawl between the two camps, then led to punishment for both fighters. McGregor was handed a six-month ban accompanied by a $50,000 fine, while Khabib was given a nine month ban along with a whopping $500,000 fine.
The NAC also supplied Abubakar Nurmagomedov a one-year suspension and a $25,000 fine. He jumped into the fight and joined the melee that occurred after the fight had ended.
Building his business
From entertaining the fans to entertaining his clients, he now looks set to build his businesses.
Having invested in an online cardiovascular performance program to help benefit people’s fitness needs, alongside a whiskey brand, it seems as if it would make sense for the 30-year-old to finally put down his mouthguard.
Father of young Boy, realistically it is in the best interests to his family to call time on his illustrious career. Fighting is of course a very dangerous sport, in which devastating impacts can be caused. With a young heir to his Irish throne needing a father figure, I personally believe it is a sensible decision McGregor has taken.
However, there has been a lot of speculation that maybe it could be a false statement.
Do you think that McGregor will fight again?
By James Miller