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Video emerges of Conor McGregor supposedly on night of retirement tweet

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Two days on from Conor McGregor's shock 'retirement' tweet, fighting fans are still none the wiser as to whether the UFC superstar really has quit the sport.

All we've had from the Irishman is his explosive tweet on Tuesday and a brief exchange with an Icelandic publication in which he reiterated his retirement stance. Coupled with social media posts from McGregor's close associates, it doesn't paint a particularly positive picture.

Now, though, a video, supposedly filmed on the night McGregor took to social media to deliver his retirement bombshell, has added another twist to the tale.


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As reported by MMAFighting.com, footage published to Facebook on Wednesday shows McGregor training at the Mjolnir MMA facility in Iceland. 

The post notes that the session took place on Tuesday.

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The sight of the 27-year-old still heavily involved in training on the same night he apparently signalled his intentions to never fight again certainly suggest that McGregor's retirement claim might not be totally accurate.

For those hoping McGregor is simply using the threat of retirement as a bargaining chip to gain leverage with the UFC hierarchy - whilst in reality remaining focussed on a future fight - it is definitely a positive sign.

A photo posted to Instagram 11 hours ago by McGregor's teammate, Paddy Holohan, backs up the idea the Irish fighter is still training this week.

Nevertheless, there might be another motive behind McGregor's very recent training session with Gunnar Nelson.

As noted by Icelandic newspaper Visir, Nelson himself is in the Nordic nation to prepare for a UFC bout in Rotterdam, Netherlands on May 8.

With both men having been part of the same training camp, there is a chance McGregor is simply fulfilling his duty as a competitive training partner for Nelson rather than focusing on his own preparations for a fight.

Nelson's father Halli (McGregor's first manager), who posted the same video to his Facebook page, also referred to McGregor as a "retired UFC champion" in its description.

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In reality, until the Irishman himself comes out and comments further on his future, his status as a UFC fighter is very much up in the air.

At the moment, so long as he continues to work out in silence in Iceland, fans will be able to cling on to the hope that McGregor will perform a retirement u-turn in the near future.

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