UFC star Conor McGregor has shocked the MMA world today by sending out a tweet stating he wanted to retire young. The tweet has caused massive discussion on Twitter, as McGregor is known for making statements to spark controversy.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
McGregor was scheduled to fight the main event UFC 200 on July 9 – a rematch with Nate Diaz.
McGregor’s head trainer John Kavanaugh also sent out a cryptic tweet, alluding to the fighter’s retirement.
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
McGregor, 27, would retire with a UFC record of 7-1 after 3 years in the sport.
Reaction on Twitter has been mixed.
I want to wake up tomorrow and hear that all this #UFC200 and conor McGregor news is just banter or I'm gonna cry. I'm pissed
— Alimacpali (@YungPalestinian) April 20, 2016
@TheNotoriousMMA I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors Connor. All the best 2 you and your family! U will be missed!
— PJ (@DolphinFanFirst) April 20, 2016
"I'll walk away from this game, I'll set it ablaze and walk away and that's it" ~ Conor McGregor in February pic.twitter.com/I7Awzz8SuT
— History Of Sports (@BeforeFamePics) April 20, 2016
Ireland right now after hearing Conor McGregor is retiring. pic.twitter.com/3sda80afmw
— Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan23) April 20, 2016
UFC President Dana White has announced on SportsCenter that McGregor has been pulled from the main event of UFC 200, where he was scheduled to fight Diaz. White said McGregor was removed due to his unwillingness to fly to Las Vegas from his training base in Iceland to participate in mandatory promotional activities.
Dana White shares what he knows about Conor McGregor's immediate future with UFC. pic.twitter.com/RtkcOsAFRJ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 20, 2016
UFC fans have taken to Twitter to give their own options of this new development.
— ThereKanobieOne (@Kyleehudson69) April 20, 2016
— Sudarshan (@The_Dons_tweets) April 20, 2016
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 20, 2016
— Dallas Skywalker (@Daallllaass) April 20, 2016
Breaking News: Conor McGregor is now the new singer of AC/DC #UFC200
— Richie Breev (@breevil) April 20, 2016
McGregor’s head trainer John Kavanaugh sent out another tweet, a clip of the chorus of the rapper Eminem song Without Me. This is perhaps in response to White’s comments, as the hook contains the lyric: “It feels so empty without me”.
The reactions to this have varied from people tweeting support for McGregor as the face of the UFC and others saying no one is bigger than the sport.
— howardwrites (@howardwrites) April 20, 2016