UFC superstar Conor McGregor announces retirement

first_imgMixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday.The two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Champion said his fighting days were over in a Twitter message posted on his verified account, alongside a picture of the Irishman with his mother, Margaret.”Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!” he wrote. The 31-year-old, an icon of the UFC, is no stranger to controversy and hit the headlines last year for an attack on an older man in a Dublin bar that was captured in a viral video.McGregor, one of the most popular fighters in MMA history, has a record of 22-4 and was the first UFC fighter to hold two championship belts at the same time.He achieved that feat in 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title fight, adding it to his featherweight title.That triumph was followed by a loss to boxing great Floyd Mayweather in a cross-combat superfight in 2017, his loss to Nurmagomedov, announcements of retirements and returns to fighting.UFC president Dana White paid tribute to McGregor after the conclusion of UFC 250 in Las Vegas early Sunday morning.”If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement, you should absolutely do it,” White said at the post-event press conference. “I love Conor. There’s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me, and he’s one of them.”Topics : “Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours.”The controversial fighter, nicknamed “The Notorious”, previously announced his retirement from the sport in March last year after being battered into submission by arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.In April 2016 he also said he was retiring with a now-famous tweet: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” His last appearance in the octagon was in January after a 15 month-absence when he knocked out American Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a ruthless 40-second destruction in Las Vegas. last_img read more

ICC World Cup Imam ul Haq ton, Shaheen Afridi 6/35 give Pakistan bittersweet win vs Bangladesh in World Cup 2019

first_imghighlights Pakistan crashed out of the semi-final race in 2019 World Cup.New Zealand, India, Australia and England became the four semi-finalists.India will take on Sri Lanka in the last league game on Saturday. New Delhi: Pakistan was faced with an impossible mathematical requirement to enter the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 ahead of their clash against Bangladesh. They had to score in excess of 400 to have a remote chance. Pakistan could manage only 315/9 thanks to Imam ul Haq’s maiden World Cup ton. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side needed to bowl Bangladesh out for seven or less to secure a miraculous qualification. However, in the age of modernity, miracles were not possible and Pakistan crashed out of the semi-final race and handed New Zealand the fourth spot. Shakib Al Hasan continued his record-breaking run but Shaheen Afridi’s brilliant 6/35, the youngest to take a five-wicket haul and the best by a Pakistan bowler in the World Cup helped Pakistan avenge a 20-year pain by beating Bangladesh by 94 runs in Lord’s as their tournament ended in a bittersweet manner.Imam and Shaheen’s performance ensured Pakistan’s roller-coaster journey ended on the ultimate high. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat which ensured that they stayed in contention. However, Fakhar Zaman struggled against the discipline of the Bangladesh bowlers and struggled to get going. Zaman fell to Saifuddin but that brought together Imam and Babar Azam, Pakistan’s in-form batsman.Azam started well with a couple of fours and together with Imam, strung a solid partnership. With both batsmen settling in, Azam and Imam rotated the strike brilliantly but they could not score at a rate which required them to reach 400. In the 28th over, Azam showed his intent by slamming a couple of boundaries off Mosaddek while he thumped three boundaries off Mustafizur as he neared a century. However, he missed a chance to reach his century when he was trapped LBW by Saifuddin for 96 and he could not reverse it on review.Imam was joined by Mohammad Hafeez and both batsmen looked to go after the Bangladesh bowling in the death overs. Imam notched up his maiden World Cup ton but he was undone by the extra bounce of Mustafizur and ended up being hit-wicket for exactly a 100. Pakistan lost their way in the death overs, with Mustafizur taking his 100th ODI wicket and it took some big blows from Imad Wasim to help Pakistan reach 315/9, a total which was not enough to help them reach the semis. For Bangladesh, Mustafizur underlined his class with back-to-back five-wicket hauls, having taken 5/59 against India in Edgbaston.When Bangladesh went past seven runs, Pakistan was eliminated and the match was a matter of pride for both nations. Mohammad Amir dismissed Soumya Sarkar after a brisk start but Shakib continued his magnificent form. Shaheen Afridi, though, was in fine form and he ended Tamim Iqbal’s poor tournament with a slower ball. Shakib, though, looked in fine touch but once he was undone by a pacy ball from Wahab Riaz, Bangladesh faced an uphill task.Shakib notched up his seventh fifty-plus score and became the third person after Sachin Tendulkar and Matthew Hayden to go past 600 runs in one edition. His partnership with Liton Das, worth 58 runs kept Bangladesh in the hunt but once Shaheen sent back both Liton and Shakib in quick succession, the writing was on the wall. The tail struggled to put up a fight and Shadab Khan also helped Shaheen secure a big win.The victory helped Pakistan eliminate the pain of 1999 in which they had lost to Bangladesh in Northamptonshire. However, the win will forever be bittersweet as they missed out on the last four due to net run-rate, thus denying them a chance to repeat the 1992 heroics.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more