Conor McGregor shocked the MMA world last night when he revealed that he is retiring from the UFC and potentially mixed martial arts in general.
The Irish fighter took to the social media site and tweeted out of nowhere saying that he was retiring and thanks for all the money he has made during his time with the UFC.
While it's not known if "The Notorious" is serious about retiring from the octagon, Dana White has come out and said that McGregor has definitely been pulled from his upcoming main event on the UFC 200 card.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay4
No More McGregor
Speaking on ESPN's SportsCenter, the President of the UFC confirmed McGregor won't be fighting at the Pay-Per-View in Vegas on July 9 and gave a reason why.
"Well, what's happened is, we've pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200," White said, via MMA Fighting. “We're working on other fights right now.
“Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas [this week] to film the commercial or be a part of any of the marketing that we have. He's in Iceland training and [not participating in the marketing] is not possible,” he added.
Unclear on Retirement
White could not confirm nor deny whether McGregor had retired but suggested that the UFC featherweight champion’s tweet was a consequence of his removal from the card.
“We've had other instances like this where guys didn't want to do the press conference, [but] you have to. You have to do the press conference, so Conor put out that tweet. Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he could answer that question."
"Obviously, we still have a good relationship with Conor," White added. "I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can't decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it."
This could just be a power play from McGregor after a war of words with White over the promotion of UFC 200.
Then there's also the fact that McGregor witnessed the fight that killed Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho two weeks ago in Dublin.
At this moment in time, no one really knows what Conor McGregor is doing. Maybe not even the man himself.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms