Coming off a loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, the 19-3 Conor McGregor was set to headline UFC 200 with a rematch. Earlier today, the unthinkable happened as McGregor tweeted his retirement:
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Just about everyone thought Conor had been hacked, or that this was some sort of joke, but Dana White announced that he’s been officially pulled from UFC 200.
So apparently Conor McGregor is training in Iceland, and doesn’t want to fly to Las Vegas to do the promotional material and press conference for UFC 200. It’s been an emotional couple of weeks for the McGregor camp as one of his training partners, Charlie Ward, defeated Portuguese mixed martial artist Joao Carvalho. Carvalho died from injuries sustained in the fight 48 hours later. One has to wonder if Carvalho’s death has anything to do with McGregor announcing his retirement, or refusing to do the UFC 200 promos, or both. Hopefully McGregor himself will shed some light on the subject soon.
Reports are rolling in that McGregor wanted $10million for the fight VS Nate Diaz, and the UFC declined to show him the money, so he called it quits.
Source: Conor McGregor wants approx $10M for #UFC200–more than anyone else in past for single fight. #UFC said no, so he retired.
— Charly Arnolt (@CharlyArnolt) April 19, 2016