Whether retired or not, Conor McGregor reportedly out of UFC 200 main event

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Conor McGregor’s retirement tweet may very well be exactly what it seems like on the surface, and there are now reports that the UFC Featherweight Champion will no longer be headlining UFC 200 on July 9.

McGregor hasn’t followed up himself since sending the following tweet Tuesday afternoon:

However, while there’s been scrambling to find out whether it was simply a negotiating ploy or a joke, several reporters are citing sources that state McGregor is out of their planned landmark event.

The UFC has yet to make any statement regarding McGregor’s tweet or a new direction for UFC 200, but if the sources feeding information to these reporters are correct, the organization’s summer plans are in peril.

Penick’s Analysis: It’s hard to make declarations here, but Lazara’s a plugged in guy in Las Vegas with MMAInterviews.tv, and it will not be surprising in the least if his report is accurate. If that’s the case, it’s more than a negotiating ploy, and though it’s hard to imagine a star of McGregor’s level walking away at this point in their respective career, it’s entirely possible that’s just what he’s doing. I have a hard time imagining he stays retired if he does, indeed, walk away, but if that’s what he’s doing hopefully we’ll get some type of further explanation to help understand the decision. The UFC has to be having a fairly terrible day at the moment.

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