27 year-old UFC superstar Conor McGregor has shocked the MMA world today by claiming on social media that he’s retiring with immediate effect.
“I have decided to retire young,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
The internet is now exploding with speculation as to whether the featherweight champion really has decided to hang up his gloves, or if this is just a prank on his part.
Another possible read on the situation is that it could be a power move on McGregor’s part to attempt to get more money from the UFC ahead of his blockbuster rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9th in Las Vegas.
Speaking of Diaz, upon hearing of McGregor’s announcement, the Stockton star responded with a similiar message of his own.
“I guess my work here is done I’m retiring too✌🏼️👊🏼” Diaz wrote.
Alarmingly, McGregor’s long-time coach John Kavanagh posted a Twitter message of his own that seemed to back up the idea that McGregor is going to walk away from the sport.
“Well was fun while it lasted,” Kavanagh wrote.
MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani has also since confirmed that according to his sources, McGregor has indeed called time on his career.
“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.”