No one saw it coming. No one expected it. No one had any idea it was about to happen, but Conor McGregor retired from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Tuesday afternoon, and he did it via Twitter. It was a shocking announcement and one that some believe may end up being a gimmick, but it certainly appears to be real. Now, he’s already been invited by one current WWE superstar to join another promotion, and hints are being dropped that he may do just that.
On Tuesday afternoon, McGregor hopped on Twitter and dropped an absolute bombshell on the world of professional fighting.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The world kind of freaked out as the 27-year-old is one of the hottest things in MMA today, and he’s also extremely popular. USA Today Sports is wondering whether the announcement is legitimate or a ruse as he’s still scheduled to battle Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9.
UPDATE at 8:20 p.m. ET: Dana White confirmed on ESPN this evening that McGregor will not compete at UFC 200, and they are currently working on a new main event. ESPN is reporting that White pulled McGregor from the card after he opted not to attend pre-fight appearances.
BREAKING: Conor McGregor will not compete in UFC 200. pic.twitter.com/u7SN5B5ICL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 19, 2016
Maybe he’s going to finish out his commitments and then move on to different things in life, or maybe he’s just fooling UFC and the world. The thing is, if he’s being serious and really is retiring from the world of MMA, or at least UFC, then what is he going to do?
Now, many are taking that invitation and running with it as they’d hate to see Conor McGregor totally retire from any kind of competitive fighting. Even though there is a big difference between MMA and WWE, it’s been proven that a transition can work, and Brock Lesnar is living proof of that.
The NY Daily News is taking things a step further to fuel the WWE rumors and pointed out something else interesting on McGregor’s Twitter. It’s been revealed that four of the last handful of people he has followed on the social media giant are rather intriguing.
— Marc Jones (@BigJones24) April 19, 2016
Now, this could mean nothing at all, and it should be noted that he started following all four of them during WrestleMania 32 weekend a couple of weeks ago. Still, it’s going to only spice things up now that he has retired from UFC.
It should be noted that out of those four WWE names, Stephanie McMahon and Becky Lynch do both follow McGregor on Twitter. Shane McMahon and Triple H do not. At least, they didn’t follow him as of Tuesday afternoon.
Brock Lesnar went from WWE to UFC and back to WWE; he is one of the most popular superstars in the entire promotion. CM Punk is now training for his first UFC fight after leaving WWE. MMA fighter Ken Shamrock had a lot of success in the wrestling world as well.
It’s not known what Conor McGregor is going to do or if his retirement from UFC is legit, but many are saying it is. Could he be headed to WWE? It appears as if there is already a spot for him and others wanting him there.
Conor McGregor has made a huge name for himself in the fighting world and anyone that has even heard of UFC has heard of him. His retirement came out of nowhere, and it’s hard to believe that he’s done in any sort of ring entirely, and maybe he isn’t. Becky Lynch inviting him over and McGregor following a bunch of WWE executives right after his UFC retirement could mean a lot more than originally thought.
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