Conor McGregor announces his return to the Octagon on Twitter
MMA fighter Conor McGregor has dramatically announced his return to the Octagon, a mere nine days after saying he'd retired from MMA.
Following the Irishman's fight, loss and subsequent brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor was banned from fighting for around six months, but appeared to have quit the sport for good. Yet on his Twitter page, McGregor sent his 7.6 million followers a very simple message: he's back.
"I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds. All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all ❤️Now see you in the Octagon."
Some of those 7.6 million followers were really happy to have McGregor - also known as The Notorious - back in the Octagon. "The king is back," said @SVanadestine, but others were a little more cynical of the announcement, considering how long he had been 'retired', as well as his comments made at his previous opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov.
"YOU ARE EMBARRASSING," said @PeakWxzza, alongside an image of McGregor losing to Khabib last October, while @ellllva remarked: "I like how nobody took his retirement comment seriously lolll [sic]." But a lot of people are still upset over McGregor's Islamophobic remarks he made earlier this week.
McGregor's return announcement was weaved into an apparent apology for a tweet he earlier made about Khabib's wife, referring to her traditional wedding dress and describing the Muslim fighter's wife as "a towel". Khabib did not himself comment on the tweet, but the Russian fighter's agent Ali Abdelaziz hit back at the 30-year-old, describing McGregor as a "rapist".
"Talking s**t, this guy is insulting someone’s wife and making fun of her religion and belief. He doesn’t realize he’s insulting 1.5 billon Muslims. Religion and family is a no no. You’re f**ked Connor, let’s see what the media is going to say now. He’s a rapist, and a bitch."
@Crypto_entropy was quick to bring this up, following McGregor's apology and announcement: "Yet you s**t on a man's wife who was in her traditional, religious garb during her wedding. Doesn't add up man," while @JFarrell412 added:
"Nah Conor. You said what you said, those were your true feelings. You can’t take that s**t back and attempt a poor ass apology just because you got called out for your anti-cultural, hateful, disgusting views."
UFC boss Dana White, meanwhile, appeared to know Conor McGregor would come back to the Octagon before too long. Speaking on Las Vegas Channel 8, shortly after McGregor retired, White said:
"No. I think that there's some things that Conor wants and I think that Conor wants to get together face to face, he and I, and we probably will in the next couple of weeks and we'll get this thing [Conor's retirement] figured out. Listen, who gets respected more than Conor McGregor does? Come on."
"The guy's never been disrespected, definitely not by me. And he's got a lot of money too," added the UFC head honcho.