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UFC president Dana White has responded to the news that Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.
McGregor tweeted to announce that he would no longer be competing in the octagon earlier this morning.
The former two-weight world champion said: "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 [Proper No. Twelve, McGregor's whiskey label] Pina Coladas on me fellas!"
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!
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
In response, UFC chief White released a statement - obtained by MMA Junkie - addressing the news.
White wrote: "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."
Statement from Dana White (@danawhite) on Conor McGregor's retirement announcement moments ago, via text. pic.twitter.com/MNPnYypKPn
- Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 26, 2019
McGregor's last fight was at UFC229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor lost via a fourth round submission.
After that there were some ugly scenes inside and outside of the ring as members of both teams were involved in a brawl.
MMA Junkie released a further comment from White suggesting that he still enjoys a good relationship with the Irish fighter, nicknamed 'The Notorious'.
White told them: "We really have never had a bad conversation since Conor has been in the UFC,
"You know how I feel about retirement: If you are saying it, you should probably do it.
"I have never been upset about anyone retiring. When a fighter feels he or she should retire then I agree they should."
However, it's not the first time that McGregor has announced his 'retirement' from the sport. Back in 2016 he tweeted: "I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese."
He then tweeted a retraction and said that he had endured a disagreement with the UFC about promotional work.
This latest statement comes after McGregor said in a recent interview that he was in talks to return to the octagon to fight this July.
We'll have to see how serious Conor is about this one.
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