Late April Fools’…?
UFC star Conor McGregor sent fans into a meltdown after announcing that he has “decided to retire young.”
But because the announcement was so casual and seemingly came out of nowhere, not too many people believe him!
On Tuesday, the Irish fighter shared on Twitter:
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Minutes after the featherweight champion’s shocking announcement, fans flooded social media with equal parts devastation, confusion, and rage — all things that happen during a UFC cage match.
Since the announcement is coming mere months before his highly-anticipated rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200, many fans are speculating that the 27-year-old is just trolling — especially after a follow up tweet from his coach John Kavanagh:
Well was fun while it lasted
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
While the questionable message just added fuel to the troll-theory, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani assured fans that McGregor’s message was NOT a prank, sharing:
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.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 19, 2016
It sounds like there’s a lot more to the story here.
McGregor has been reportedly undergoing an intense training camp ahead of his July 9 rematch in Las Vegas, where he planned to fight Diaz at welterweight level — which is a few solid weight classes above his natural featherweight category.
But if the champ really IS retiring, his opponent isn’t too worried about it. After McGregor’s retirement tweet, Diaz jabbed out a quick response:
I guess my work here is done I’m retiring too├ó┼ô┼Æ├░┼╕┬Å┬╝├»┬╕┬Å├░┼╕ΓÇÿ┼á├░┼╕┬Å┬╝
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
It sounds like Diaz is chalking this up to a nothing more than social media prank from his rival — and he’s not alone!
Ch-ch-check out all the HIGHlarious fan responses (below) who are in disbelief and/or denial over McGregor’s announcement!
Do YOU believe Conor??
[Image via Instagram.]