MMA fighter Conor McGregor announces retirement

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(WTAP) - UFC fighter Conor McGregor, 30, announced an abrupt retirement early Tuesday morning via Twitter. His announcement comes on the heels of a shaky relationship with the Ultimate Fighting Championship brand over the course of the last year.

McGregor was previously handed a six-month suspension and fined $50,000 after an October post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who scaled the octagon to launch an attack on McGregor's team after defeating the Irishman to maintain his unbeaten 27-0 record last year.
Members of Nurmagomedov's team were also involved in a fracas with the beaten McGregor.

Last April, McGregor was charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal mischief after he and others allegedly attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The incident left at least two athletes injured and unable to fight at the UFC 223 event two nights later.

According to a report from CNN, the UFC star was arrested earlier this month in Florida for reportedly smashing a fan's cell phone. Police say McGregor picked up the phone and walked away with it. The fan said the phone was valued at $1,000. McGregor was arrested on charges of felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief.