Is Conor McGregor Really Retiring from UFC?

Ryan Glasspiegel

Conor McGregor, the outspoken UFC fighter who tapped out to Nate Diaz in early March, has, seemingly, abruptly announced his retirement on Twitter:

It had been presumed scheduled that McGregor and Diaz would have a rematch at UFC 200 in July; there were already odds on the fight. McGregor was tweeting about training just yesterday.

This tweet came from McGregor’s verified account; who knows whether it was real or a hack, and, if it’s real, if it’s actually permanent. Time shall tell.

UPDATE: TMZ has thus far been unable to get in touch with McGregor’s camp, and adds that “We’ve also spoken with a handful of plugged in UFC people — and so far, no one seems to know if it’s a joke or if Conor is seriously hanging it up.”

McGregor was cageside for the fight in Dublin earlier this month in which Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho suffered life-ending injuries. McGregor wrote, “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.”

To be clear, the circumstances of McGregor’s abrupt announcement remain a mystery.

UPDATE II: Nate Diaz has also tweeted that he’s retiring, and MMA reporter Ariel Helwani has weighed in on McGregor’s announcement.

UPDATE III: Did McGregor’s coach confirm the fighter’s retirement?

This is a developing story and this post will be updated if more information becomes available.