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(CNN)He’s the outspoken mixed martial artist and the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest male star, who sent Twitter into overdrive after he announced he was hanging up his gloves at the tender age of 27.
“I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later,” read Conor McGregor’s tweet on Tuesday.
Retweeted 140,000 times, the post sent shockwaves through the MMA community, with the Irish fighter’s coach John Kavanagh then tweeting: “Well was fun while it lasted.”
But has the MMA fighter really decided to retire in his prime?
Fans were divided on whether the retirement was genuine, or whether the colorful fighter was merely trying to drum up media interest ahead of a scheduled July rematch with Nate Diaz, who handed the Dubliner the first defeat of his UFC career last month.
A subsequent statement from UFC president Dana White announcing that McGregor had been pulled from the July 9 main event against Diaz only served to add further intrigue to the Irish fighter’s retirement tweet.
White said the fighter had been withdrawn after he had told UFC officials he would not participate in promotional activities for the UFC 200 event in Las Vegas, including a commercial shoot and press conferences.
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.