UFC President Dana White has responded to Conor McGregor's retirement announcement by saying "it totally makes sense" and is "so happy for" the former two-weight champion.
McGregor, 30, announced Tuesday that he was calling time on his MMA career after 21 wins in 25 UFC bouts:
Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA
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!
In response, White wished him well and said he was looking forward to seeing how the Irishman fared in his career outside the Octagon:
Many will be skeptical about McGregor's latest announcement:
He "decided to retire young" once before back in 2016, and then fought twice more before the year was over.
Since 2016, McGregor has entered the Octagon once in the UFC, and that ended in a fourth-round defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October last year.
It is a surprise that McGregor is opting to retire on the back of a loss, but White is clearly taking his latest announcement seriously:
Even if it is the end of McGregor's MMA career, it would be no surprise to see him back in action in another combat sport.
He crossed over to boxing back in 2017 when he went 10 rounds with Floyd Mayweather.
Ronda Rousey, another former UFC star, has made a successful switch into WWE since calling time on her MMA career, a route McGregor could follow if it appealed.