Conor McGregor, 27, has shockingly sent tremors across the sporting world after announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) through his Twitter account yesterday night.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion was withdrawn from UFC 200 event in July, where he was due to face Nate Diaz in a UFC 196 rematch.
“Well, what’s happened is, we have pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200, and we are working on other fights at the moment,” UFC President Dana White said as quoted by ESPN.
“Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas (this week) to film the commercial or be a part of any of the marketing that we have. He’s in Iceland training and not participating in the marketing is not possible. This has only happened one other time in UFC history.
BREAKING: Conor McGregor will not compete in UFC 200. pic.twitter.com/u7SN5B5ICL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 19, 2016
Conor McGregor’s coach John Cavanagh also tweeted in response to his fighter’s tweet.
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach JK (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
Nate Diaz decided to join the Twitter bandwagon and tweet something of his own.
I guess my work here is done I'm retiring too✌🏼️👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
Nate Diaz beat Conor McGregor at UFC 196 last month by choking the Featherweight Champion into submission. The Irishman was previously unbeaten since signing with UFC.