Conor McGregor announces shock resignation from MMA

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  • Conor McGregor announced a surprise departure from MMA early Tuesday morning.
  • Some MMA figures had been predicting a 2019 comeback for him as recently as last month.
  • McGregor lost his last fight, a brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which landed both fighters with a ban, which is due to expire in a few weeks.
  • McGregor's behavior outside of sport continually makes headlines, and he was arrested earlier this month after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a fan.

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.

This photo provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department shows Conor McGregor. Authorities say mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo. A Miami Beach police report says the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday, March 11, 2019 and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)This photo provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department shows Conor McGregor. Authorities say mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo. A Miami Beach police report says the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday, March 11, 2019 and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)Associated Press

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.

More to follow.

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