Words and things, mostly words.
Early this morning, Conor McGregor issued a brief statement in which he proclaimed his retirement from mixed martial arts.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.Source: Twitter
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!
This seemed a little odd and sudden, considering just a few days ago he was talking about his demands for a stake in the UFC and negotiations to fight some time in July.
Dana White also seemed to take the news (uncharacteristically) in stride, celebrating McGregor’s success and finding no issue with the former double-champion’s sudden decision:
He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN’ it. It totally makes sense. If I was him, I would retire too. He’s retiring from fighting, not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy, and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on. He has been so fun to watch. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him, and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.Source: MMA Junkie
Both Conor and White’s statements seemed a little … odd. But, since this is MMA and there is no actual media to speak of, it looked like this was just going to come and go — probably just some negotiating tactic on the Irishman’s part to get more money for his next fight.
Then the New York Times released a story, validating rumours which has been circulating on forums for a few months already. According to the Times, they have confirmed that McGregor is the subject of a sexual assault investigation in Ireland. The full story (link) does not include much in the way of details, but does confirm the rumours that had been floating around.