Two days ago, UFC superstar Conor McGregor shocked the world with a tweet stating his plans to "retire early".
The Irishman, who is the sport's biggest name right now, has remained virtually silent ever since, leaving fans, analysts and even the UFC hierarchy themselves trying to second-guess his next move.
That wait is now over, however, after McGregor once again used social media to update the world on his situation, releasing a statement on his official Facebook page.
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You can read the lengthy statement, in which McGregor confirms that he is not retired, via this link.
But here are the main points:
- He is sick of the endless media duties he has had to fulfill recently
"There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop."
- He wants to focus on himself and fight preparation rather than appearing on media shows
"It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I've danced us all the way here."
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- He asked for leeway from the UFC after making them $400 million in eight months, but was refused it.
"I will always play the game and play it better than anybody, but just for this one, where I am coming off a loss, I asked for some leeway where I can just train and focus. I did not shut down all media requests. I simply wanted a slight adjustment. But it was denied."
- He is ready to fight at UFC 200
"I am still ready to go for UFC 200."
- He will participate in scheduled New York press conference
"I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training."
- He is not retired
"For the record also - For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations -
I AM NOT RETIRED."
The consensus opinion over the past couple of days had been that the 27-year-old's retirement tweet was in response to a feud with UFC concerning the fulfilment of media obligations, and that appears to be correct.
As noted by UFC president Dana White yesterday, McGregor, who is currently training in Iceland, was refusing to attend a press conference for UFC 200 set to take place in Las Vegas this weekend.
Such is the interest in McGregor's situation that even his tweet hinting at the statement above generated over 6,000 retweets in less than 20 minutes.
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after White had stripped McGregor of his place in UFC 200 - where he was supposed to have a rematch with Nate Diaz - and threatened to take away his Featherweight title.
The ball is now back in the UFC's court...
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