I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later. Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Minutes after the featherweight champion’s shocking announcement, fans flooded social media with equal parts devastation, confusion, and rage — all things that happen during a UFC cage match.
Since the announcement is coming mere months before his highly-anticipated rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200, many fans are speculating that the 27-year-old is just trolling — especially after a follow up tweet from his coach John Kavanagh:
Well was fun while it lasted Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
While the questionable message just added fuel to the troll-theory, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani assured fans that McGregor’s message was NOT a prank, sharing:
Multiple sources are adamant at this time that McGregor’s tweet isn’t a joke, troll job or hoax of any kind. Reason(s) behind it is unclear. Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 19, 2016
It sounds like there’s a lot more to the story here.
McGregor has been reportedly undergoing an intense training camp ahead of his July 9 rematch in Las Vegas, where he planned to fight Diaz at welterweight level — which is a few solid weight classes above his natural featherweight category.
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