Today UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor tweeted that he was retiring, despite being scheduled for a fight at UFC 200 versus Nate Diaz:
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
Although the original tweet was met with skepticism from fans and media, several reporters and journalist are now reporting that the story may indeed be true.
The Underground’s Jonathan Shrager tweeted out recently that he spoke to a member of McGregor’s immediate family who said the tweet should be taken at face value:
Earlier today a story surfaced reporting that Conor McGregor was retiring from MMA spurned by a tweet from the fighter saying just that. The seriousness of the tweet was confirmed by several journalist and just now it was confirmed that McGregor would indeed be removed from UFC 200 by the promotion. The UFC just released the following statement:
UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been pulled from his UFC 200 main event against Nate Diaz on July 9. White revealed that the decision was made by the promotion after McGregor informed UFC officials that he would not participate in any promotional activities, including a commercial shoot and press conferences. The UFC is currently working on a new main event for the card, which will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Other bouts currently set for the event include two title fights, with Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar battling for the interim featherweight title, and Miesha Tate defending her UFC women’s bantamweight crown against Amanda Nunes.