Conor McGregor has sent Twitter in meltdown after announcing that he is ‘retiring’.
The ‘Notorious’ is no stranger to hyping his fight career, but this latest move has only left fight fans scratching their heads.
Check it out:
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The Irishman, who is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a rematch at UFC 200 in July, had only tweeted a day previous that he was in Iceland training for the bout.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 18, 2016
Nonetheless, followers are Tweeting in a confused frenzy hoping to discover the truth…
— Perry (@FPS_Perry) April 19, 2016
@TheNotoriousMMA please say you’re pulling our leg, if not .. Farewell King!
— James Forde. (@JamesForde96) April 19, 2016
@TheNotoriousMMA i hope your trolling us, thats the first iv ever wanted to be trolled…
— SmileB4DEATH (@SmileB4DEATH_) April 19, 2016
— Joey Maestas (@SportsJoey) April 19, 2016
@TheNotoriousMMA are you drunk?
— Brian Shannon (@Reddevil4gud) April 19, 2016
Others have reacted with pure skepticism.
— MMA GIFS (@mma_gifs_) April 19, 2016
@TheNotoriousMMA lovin the publicity stunt
— OpTic AcE (@MLGACE) April 19, 2016
— Chris (@WhosCJ) April 19, 2016
Many are just outright refusing to even contemplate the possibility…
— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) April 19, 2016
— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) April 19, 2016
— Paul (@VintageDeGea) April 19, 2016
— Anthony Gelling (@AnthonyGelling) April 19, 2016
— Jack (@JackDavidDerham) April 19, 2016
And of course, an army of social media users were ready to remind McGregor of his UFC 196 defeat to Diaz.
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) April 19, 2016
@TheNotoriousMMA you didn’t decide, Nate Diaz retired you.
— Sid (@AkhiSid) April 19, 2016
— gabriel (@heyheygabe) April 19, 2016
Naturally fans are concerned how Dana White must be feeling too.
— Michael Haar (@Crumpet640) April 19, 2016
— IG: KingKhristen (@khrisjwilson) April 19, 2016
Since Mcgregor’s original post his coach John Kavanagh has seemingly echoed the claim.
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
Meanwhile Nate Diaz has also added his two cents…
I guess my work here is done I’m retiring too✌?️??
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
Over 40,000 retweets and counting, 25,000+ likes, it is certainly a bold move to get the internet talking but it has definitely done the trick.
Mcgregor has always said he came for a good time not a long time, suggesting he would retire once he had made some serious cash and won some titles, but the timing certainly wouldn’t appear to fit.
We will all just have to sit tight, religiously refreshing our twitter feeds in the hope of a full explanation.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.