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The MMA World’s Initial Reaction To Conor McGregor’s Most Legendary Tweet

It has been two years to the day since Conor McGregor’s legendary tweet that sent the sporting world into nothing short of an absolute frenzy.

Long before he was engaging in crossover super-fights and throwing ‘dollies’ at buses, Conor McGregor was the newly-crowned featherweight champion of the world who had just been submitted in one of the most shocking upsets in the history of the sport at UFC 196 by Nate Diaz.

We can all, of course, look back on that now as a necessary step in his growth but at the time, seeing one of the game’s biggest superstars lose out like that was incredible. The rematch between McGregor and Diaz was originally scheduled for the promotion’s landmark event UFC 200, but complications in negotiations with Conor over his media obligations led to him posting the tweet below one evening in April of 2016.

The initial reaction, as you would imagine, was one of shocked mixed with scepticism:

We all know how things turned out but, now, with us two years on, it’s fun to take a moment to look back at one of the decade’s most bizarre memories knowing what we know.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]