Conor McGregor to WWE? Irishman Gets WrestleMania Invited after Announcing MMA Retirement

UFC star Conor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Monday.

The Irishman, who has won 21 of his 25 bouts, communicated his decision via a brief post on his Twitter account.

"I've decided to retire from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Arts' today," he wrote.

"I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement."

While speculations over McGregor's future will abound until he makes an official statement, he has already received offers to swap MMA for wrestling.

WWE wrestler Finn Balor, seemed to invite his fellow Irishman to WrestleMania.

"See you at 'mania brother," Devitt tweeted in response to McGregor's announcement.

While Devitt's words could just be a tongue-in-cheek remark, it is not beyond the realms of possibilities to see McGregor involved with WWE.

The wrestling association has precedents for targeting high-profile athletes from other sports. It has recently signed up former UFC star Ronda Rousey, who will be one of the first women to headline WrestleMania on April 7. She will be taking on McGregor's fellow countryman, Becky Lynch, as well as Charlotte Flair in a three-way match.

WWE has also long been linked with a move for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Given the three-time Super Bowl winner announced his retirement from football on Sunday, speculations Gronk could swap the football field for the ring are likely to increase in the future.

Bookmakers seemingly expect the former Patriot to appear in the ring before McGregor. According to odds compiled by Bovada, Gronk is currently -220 to be first of the duo to take up WWE, while the Irishman's odds to step in the ring before the former football great stand at +155.

As far as McGregor is concerned, it is not the first time he has seemingly called time on his career on social media. In April 2016 he tweeted he had decided to retire, only to appear in the Octagon against Nate Diaz a month later.

Shortly before he announced his retirement, the Dublin-born fighter appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show and seemed to indicate he was contemplating fighting again, although he insisted he had no need to do so.

"I am set for life, my family is set for life," he said. "I've done a lot, I've fought a lot. I've never pulled out of contests. I've gone through some crazy injuries, some crazy external situations that many a man would sprint for the hills if it happened to them.

"But I stood firm [and] done my piece for the company. Like I said, this whiskey [one of McGregor's business interests] is my baby. I have a lot of great entities. I don't necessarily need to fight."

However, UFC president Dana White believes this time the Irishman's retirement is genuine.

"It totally makes sense," he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"If I was him, I would retire too. He's retiring from fighting. Not from working. The whiskey [McGregor launched his own brand of whiskey last year] will keep him busy, and I'm sure he has other things he's working on.

McGregor has not fought since October last year, when he lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 . The two fighters were suspended for six and nine months respectively for their role in the brawls that spread into the crowd shortly after the fight.

This article was updated to include odds from Bovada.

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Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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