UFC star Conor McGregor has sparked huge excitement within the fighting world this morning after tweeting that he is back on the UFC 200 card.
Coming after a week that began with apparent retirement and saw UFC president Dana White remove McGregor from the July pay-per-view, it is certainly a dramatic turn of events if the Irishman has been reinstated onto the card.
But, with the UFC yet to confirm the news, can we trust McGregor's announcement? Well, as MMAJunkie.com reporter Chamatkar Sandhu reminded everyone today, the 27-year-old does have previous when it comes to confirming fights on Twitter that never actually materialise.
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As noted by Sandhu, despite McGregor's claim back in October of 2014 that he was set to fight Diego Sanchez at UFC 180 the following month, that never happened.
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At the time, Sanchez was searching for a new opponent after Norman Parke had backed out through injury. McGregor's claim that he was the next man up proved to be premature, however.
Speaking in 2015, the Irish fighter even admitted that, whilst he had UFC CEO Lorenzo Feritta on board about taking on the bout, Dana White "didn't want it." Clearly, though, that didn't stop him taking to Twitter to claim the fight was confirmed when that wasn't the case.
Boston fighter Joe Lauzon was actually chosen by the UFC as Parke's replacement although, in the end, Sanchez himself backed out of the November 2014 event through injury.
In the immediate aftermath of McGregor's actions back in 2014, White responded by calling the Irishman "nuts" for making the claim on social media.
Boy who cried wolf?
Fast forward to today's surprise tweet from the fighter and fans are eagerly awaiting the latest response from the UFC boss.
Considering McGregor's recent 'retire early' tweet proved to be incorrect, the need for official confirmation from the organization that he is back on the UFC 200 card is obvious.
Like the boy who cried wolf, McGregor's erratic social media activity over the years has meant it is always a risk to take his messages as gospel.
One thing that does perhaps suggest today's claim is legitimate is the fact that McGregor gave a nod to both White and Feritta in his message - crediting them both for "getting this one done for the fans."
Surely he wouldn't have referenced the UFC hierarchy if his UFC 200 fight hadn't in fact been given the green light.
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