Upon learning of the stunning retirement of UFC’s biggest star Conor McGregor, McGregor’s next opponent, Nate Diaz, who stunned McGregor via second-round submission at UFC 196, had a joking (we think) reaction to it all.
“I guess my work here is done I’m retiring too,” Diaz tweeted Tuesday. Diaz was scheduled to fight McGregor at UFC 200 in July, but UFC’s Dana White said McGregor has been pulled from the event due to the Irishman’s unwillingness to fly to Las Vegas and participate in mandatory promotional activities.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
“We pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200 and we’re working on other fights right now,” White said Tuesday on ESPN’s Sportscenter, just hours after McGregor’s shocking retirement tweet. “Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial and be a part of the marketing. He’s in Iceland training.
“Is Conor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know.”
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 19, 2016
Should that be it for the 27-year-old McGregor, it would have been quite a ride. McGregor went 7–1 in his eight UFC fights, including three 2015 knockout wins over Dennis Siver, Chad Mendes, and Jose Aldo. The Aldo fight might have been his most impressive as he set a UFC title-match record by knocking Aldo out cold in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December.
McGregor’s retirement tweet comes just a week after the popular fighter witnessed the death of fellow MMA fighter João Carvalho, who died after suffering injuries in a match in Dublin in early April. “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,” wrote McGregor on his Facebook account.
— MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) April 19, 2016