Conor McGregor made a surprising announcement on Tuesday, writing on Twitter that he is planning to “retire young.”
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The post was shocking to most around the MMA world, as McGregor is scheduled to fight in UFC 200 in a rematch with Nate Diaz on July 9. Does the post mean that the fight is now off? Or was McGregor messing around with his opponents’ head months before the fight?
UPDATE: McGregor will not be fighting Diaz at UFC 200:
BREAKING: Conor McGregor will not compete in UFC 200. pic.twitter.com/u7SN5B5ICL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 19, 2016
John Kavanagh, McGregor’s coach at Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, has apparently confirmed McGregor’s impending departure from MMA in an equally cryptic tweet.
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
One answer to the mystery could come from an incident that happened earlier in April involving Joao Carvalho, who died from injuries sustained in a fight. McGregor was at that fight in Dublin to watch Carvalho, and a week later wrote on Facebook: “To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking.”
Nate Diaz had a response to the McGregor tweet, writing:
I guess my work here is done I'm retiring too✌🏼️👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
So will the show go on? Only McGregor knows the answer to that.