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.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The initial reaction, as you would imagine, was one of shocked mixed with scepticism:
I guess my work here is done I'm retiring too✌🏼️👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 19, 2016
I sought it. Just another stunt to get people to talk about his bitch ass https://t.co/U9Tww5KPh4
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) April 19, 2016
Well fuck it, I have decided to retire old. Thanks for the shoes @Reebok
— player/coach (@CMPunk) April 19, 2016
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) April 19, 2016
— Stevie Ray (@StevenRayMMA) April 19, 2016
Mcgregor said his not running away from the adversity and announce retirement, can someone explain me that? #frouxo
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 19, 2016
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) April 19, 2016
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
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