‘What’s going on here? Time for a Union’
The twitter reaction to Conor McGregor’s early retirement following UFC dispute
Conor McGregor: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” Photograph: Getty Images
On Tuesday night Conor McGregor rocked social media by announcing that he would be taking an early retirement. After hours of speculation UFC chief Dana White finally came out to add some substance to what had initially been believed to be a hoax - explaining that the featherweight champion had been pulled from UFC 200 after failing to leave his training camp in Iceland to come to Las Vegas and promote the show.
“Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know,” White said. “But Conor McGregor is not fighting at UFC 200.
Did someone finally take power away from the UFC? What's going on here? Time for a Union https://t.co/thhIYXtCld— Jamie Varner (@jamievarner) April 19, 2016
An MMA Union will be created by year's end because of Conor McGregor. No don't about it now #UFC200— The Air Apparent (@AirDPort) April 20, 2016
I remember it like it was yesterday when Conor, Rousey and Sage could do no wrong. My oh my how things have changed. WOW— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 20, 2016
I reckon the UFC moved his fight from the main event in favor of GSP... and he's not happy. 😉 https://t.co/s46HfPnvnT— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) April 19, 2016
My son is naturally devastated by the news about Conor McGregor. I just went, "I wouldn't expect anything less from a Budweiser drinker."— Ross O'Carroll-Kelly (@RossOCK) April 20, 2016
Shocked fans and fighters from all levels of the UFC have been weighing in with their views on twitter - with many believing that the Irish man’s actions may well set the tone for the creation of a fighter’s union.
McGregor's Brazilian featherweight rival Jose Aldo has in the past led calls for a UFC fighter's union, with topics such as minimum pay and health insurance being ongoing concerns for many fighters.