Conor McGregor just shocked the MMA world by announcing he ‘decided to retire young’ on April 19. He’s not the only one walking away, as his UFC rival, Nate Diaz, said he’s going to retire too! Click to see these bombshell announcements!
What is going on in the UFC? Two of the biggest names just quit out of nowhere. First, Conor McGregor, 27, the current UFC Featherweight Champion said he was going to give up fighting for good. Then, his UFC 196 opponent, Nate Diaz, 31, said he was also done with fighting!
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“I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later,” Conor tweeted on April 19, basically giving up his explosive UFC career following his devastating loss at UFC 196. Conor was initially scheduled to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Championship, but after Rafael hurt his foot, a replacement was desperately needed.
In stepped Nate Diaz, a fighter who weighed much more than Conor. This gave him an advantage, as Nate proceeded to beat Conor to a pulp before slapping on a chokehold that made the Irish champ tap out! While these two were supposed to have their epic rematch at UFC 200, Nate decided to follow Conor. “I guess my work here is done,” Nate tweeted on April 19. “I’m retiring too.”
Retirement wasn’t on Conor’s mind after he suffered his first UFC loss. In fact, the trash-talking champ from Ireland sounded like he was ready for the next fight. “I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot,” he wrote on Instagram on March 6. He ended his message with “Nate, I will see you again.” It seems that he will, but in the MMA retirement home instead of in the Octagon.
UFC 200 is turning out to be a majorly cursed event. Nate and Conor were supposed to have their rematch at the MMA extravaganza in Las Vegas on July 9. Ronda Rousey, 29, was expected to avenge her brutal loss to Holly Holm, 34, at the event, but Holly lost the UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship to Miesha Tate, 29, at UFC 196. While fight fans expected Ronda vs. Miesha, the champ will defend against Amanda Nunes, 27.
Conor seemed to get over his first loss in the UFC by partying at the Surrender Nightclub at the Encore hotel in Las Vegas. Conor seemed to forget all about his loss, but it seems that he decided to go out on top. Now, the UFC may need to find a brand new Featherweight champion. Wait – will they crown the new champ at UFC 200?
What do you think about these shocking retirements, HollywoodLifers? Is this the end of Nate and Conor’s MMA career? Or will they be back?