- Conor McGregor told Jimmy Fallon he was “set for life” right before announcing his retirement from MMA.
- McGregor appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday in a segment at an Irish bar in New York that showed the pair drinking his Proper No. Twelve whiskey, singing an Irish folk song, and pouring pints of Guinness.
- McGregor said he was ready to fight and was “in talks” for a bout in the summer, but also spoke of how he and his family are financially set for life.
- The segment was uploaded to YouTube just hours before McGregor tweeted a statement confirming his retirement.
The Irishman enjoyed wild success in Europe’s Cage Warriors and the UFC as he was crowned featherweight and lightweight champion in both organisations, with thrilling wins over elite fighters like Max Holloway, Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz, and Eddie Alvarez in a career that began in 2008 and spanned a decade.
But McGregor has not won a fight since 2016. He failed to go the distance when Floyd Mayweather stopped him in the 10th round of a boxing-rules contest in 2017 and had a fourth-round submission loss to UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.
The fight industry expected McGregor to return to the sport in the summer, once he had served a suspension for his role in the post-fight brawls that marred his UFC 229 loss to Nurmagomedov last year.
On Monday night, McGregor even told Fallon on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that he loves “to compete” and “to fight.”
Speaking on the Monday episode, he said: “My next fight … we’re in talks for July, we’ll see what happens. A lot of politics, the fight game is a mad game. I am in shape and I am ready. There are many opponents. In reality I can pick who I please.”
But he also said that because of the popularity of his Proper No. Twelve whiskey brand he does not “necessarily need to fight.”
He said: “I am set for life, my family is set for life … we are good. But I am eager to fight, we will see what happens, I’m just staying ready.”
The segment showed McGregor and Fallon drinking whiskey at an Irish bar in New York, singing the Irish folk song “The Wild Rover” and pouring pints of Guinness.
It was published on YouTube on Monday just hours before McGregor tweeted an announcement to confirm his retirement.
“I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” he said in his announcement tweet.
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