Following Conor McGregor’s shock retirement from mixed martial arts, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has responded.
Through a series of texts to Brett Okamoto, White seems to support McGregor’s decision to move on from the MMA world, as the Irishman has a lot of other businesses that should keep him busy.
The 30-year-old McGregor made his last appearance in the Octagon in UFC 229 where he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov via neck crank in the fourth round.
He has held the UFC Featherweight Championship and the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Earlier today, McGregor announced his retirement through social media and can be seen below.
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
And now Okamoto has shown screenshots of his conversation with White where the latter had nothing but good things to say about the former titlist.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 26, 2019
As for Okamoto, while he doesn’t believe that this is the official retirement, White seems to be convinced it is.
“I am not treating this as an official retirement quite yet from Conor McGregor, but according to Dana White, he is.”
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 26, 2019