Conor McGregor, the notorious and controversial fighter, announced his shock resignation from MMA in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
McGregor wrote on Twitter: “I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today.”
There had been little indication prior to the tweet that McGregor might go.
As recently as last month, key figures in MMA were predicting that McGregor could fight again in 2019 , perhaps even twice.
However, McGregor’s career was in the process of being overshadowed by his behavior outside of the ring.
Earlier this month, McGregor was arrested in Florida and charged with robbery and criminal mischief , after allegedly slapping a phone out of the hand of a man trying to photograph him.
McGregor’s lat night was against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who defeated him in October 2018.
A brawl after the fight landed him a six-month suspension, which was due to expire on April 7