Since tweeting out his plans to "retire early" on Tuesday night, UFC superstar Conor McGregor has been uncharacteristically quiet.
Whilst the UFC and the organisation's president, Dana White, have issued public statements offering an update on the situation - namely the fact that McGregor has been dropped from UFC 200 - the Irishman has been silent beyond the cryptic social media message.
Now, though, courtesy of Icelandic publication 'MMA Frettir' we have an extra seven-word response from McGregor to add to the mix. Unfortunately for fans hoping the whole thing is some sort of a bad joke, his comments suggest his retirement is legitimate.
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According to MMA Frettir, via the Irish Independent, McGregor had a typically abrasive response when they requested an interview with him in the aftermath of his stunning Tweet:
"No, I'm retired. F*** interviews," was the short and not very sweet message they received for their troubles.
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McGregor, of course, is currently in Iceland, training at the Mjölnir MMA facility as part of his preparations for what was supposed to be a UFC 200 fight against Nate Diaz. As a result, the small 'Frettir' publication finds itself closer to the action than anyone else as the fighting world continues to try to figure out exactly what is going on.
Although they weren't able to get an interview which would have allowed McGregor to fully explain his situation, what they did get seems to suggest that the 27-year-old has indeed walked away from the sport. It does at least confirm the tweet wasn't someone else speaking on his behalf.
As recently as Monday, McGregor had uploaded a photo of himself looking happy at his Iceland training camp. Now, though, his trip to the Nordic nation has taken on a whole new level of importance.
As well as being the central focus as speculation about his future continues, the Irish star's refusal to leave the country to attend a press conference for UFC 200 in Las Vegas this weekend appears to have caused a serious rift between himself and the UFC hierarchy.
Fighting fans the world over will be hoping that, when things calm down a little in the next few hours, McGregor will address the speculation head on.
As things stand, his tweet and rather rude response to an interview request are all anyone has to go on. With retirement mentioned in both instances, things don't exactly look positive in terms of reconciliation at this point.
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