In perhaps the most surprising news to ever hit UFC, featherweight champion Conor McGregor announced his retirement on Tuesday in a very brief tweet.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Of course, McGregor is scheduled for a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July, so anyone who knows remotely anything about the sport is wondering what the hell is going on.
McGregor is in the prime of his career, is attempting to secure three championship belts and has plenty more opportunities for cash to roll in his next few fights. So unless he's trolling, or this is some giant publicity stunt to generate more money (like many think Floyd Mayweather is doing at the moment), it’s hard to believe Conor’s retirement announcement is legitimate.
Not surprisingly, the Internet is losing its freakin’ mind at the moment:
McGregor retiring would kill UFC honestly. He can't retire lol
— Vic (@VictorDukes23) April 19, 2016
Conor McGregor the type of dude to schedule a fight and retire before it happens.
— haslem (@HaslemForHOF) April 19, 2016
The world's reaction to Conor McGregor's "retirement" tweet: pic.twitter.com/yaxGdSMzcX
— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) April 19, 2016
Conor McGregor just fed every clickbait site for the next week.
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) April 19, 2016
Conor McGregor is as retired as Jon Snow is dead. Topical tweets only. #Almost420brah
— Trent (@BarstoolTrent) April 19, 2016
"If Conor McGregor retires every time USADA is looking for him, in theory he's bullet proof." #MMAconspiracy
— Jonathan Snowden (@JESnowden) April 19, 2016
The WWE is about to throw Gorillians of dollars at Conor McGregor pic.twitter.com/oKBaW9JURK
— Mr. Dakota Schmidt (@Dakota_Schmidt) April 19, 2016
UPDATE 4:00 PM EST
It looks like Nate Diaz is playing along too:
I guess my work here is done I'm retiring too
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
Conor's coach also tweeted the following:
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
And host of The MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani, claims it isn't a joke:
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
Stay tuned for updates on this bizarre story.