“I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
These were the words from Conor McGregor’s tweet early Wednesday morning (Manila time).
The current UFC Featherweight champion appears to have abruptly ended his MMA fighting career with the shocking statement.
Moments after McGregor’s tweet, UFC, through its president, Dana White, announced that they have pulled McGregor out of UFC 200.
Through an interview with ESPN's SportsCenter, White stated that they decided to pull McGregor out of the card due to his unwillingness to meet media obligations ahead of the fight.
“He [McGregor] refused to fly to Las Vegas for promotional stuff,” said White. The UFC big boss added that only McGregor could answer the question on whether or not he is retiring.
McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, also tweeted a statement that seems to allude to McGregor’s retirement.
The Irish fighter hasn’t tweeted since and now all eyes and ears are on the UFC for more details, and possibly confirmation, of their top draw's sudden retirement.
If his retirement is true, it will scrap the highly anticipated rematch between McGregor and Nate Diaz on UFC 200. For his part, Diaz, a 12-year MMA veteran, seems to have also announced his retirement through a tweet.
Currently the Featherweight champion, McGregor has had a stellar professional fighting career with an impressive 19-3 record. His defeat to Diaz at UFC 196 was his first setbback since joining the world's top MMA promotion in 2013.
Credits to Sports Center and UFC.com