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Published: 08:08 | 20/4/16

McGregor withdrawn from UFC 200

Fighter also hints at retirement

Conor McGregor has been withdrawn from UFC 200 just hours hinting that he had decided to retire from the sport.

McGregor caused shockwaves on Tuesday night when he posted a tweet which announcing his retirement, which was subsequently backed up by his coach John Kavanagh.

"I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later," McGregor tweeted.

Kavanagh, later added: "Was fun while it lasted."

Fans of McGregor questioned whether there was any truth in the post on the social media website, but it has since emerged that the Dubliner has been withdrawn from UFC 200 where he had been due to fight Nick Diaz.

UFC president Dana White has revealed that McGregor refused to fly to Las Vegas for UFC press commitments this weekend as he is at a training camp in Iceland and as a result he has been pulled from the bout.

"Conor didn't want to come to Las Vegas and be part of any promotional training. He's in Iceland training," White explained to EPSN.

"He felt leaving right now would hurt his training. But every other fighter on the card is coming.

"It doesn't make you exempt. We spend a lot of money on this stuff.

"I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can't decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it."

When asked about McGregor's tweet, White added: "Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don't know. But he will not be a part of UFC 200."

McGregor suffered his first UFC defeat when he lost Diaz at UFC 1986 after the Dubliner stepped up to welterweight.

Shortly after McGregor's announcement, Diaz took to Twitter to post the social media website, tweeting: "I guess my work here is done I'm retiring too."

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