Head of the UFC Dana White has taken drastic action in response to Conor McGregor's tweet about his retirement.
White confirmed on ESPN's Sportscenter that he has removed McGregor from UFC 200 in July.
“Conor didn’t want to come to Las Vegas and be part of any promotional training,” White said.
“He’s in Iceland training.
“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.
“Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he can answer that question.
“But he will not be a part of UFC 200.”
— UFC (@ufc) April 19, 2016
Earlier, McGregor dropped a bombshell, announcing that he will retire at a young age from UFC.
McGregor made the shock announcement via a cryptic Twitter message on Wednesday, writing, "I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later".
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The Irishman sent the Tweet the day after landing in Iceland to continue his preparations for his fight against Nat Diaz at UFC 200.
It is uncertain whether or not the Tweet is a hoax, however, several sources, including MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, believe that McGregor's Tweet is no joke.
Multiple sources are adamant at this time that McGregor's tweet isn't a joke, troll job or hoax of any kind. Reason(s) behind it is unclear.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 19, 2016
The 27-year-old's coach also sent a cryptic tweet out, adding further fuel to the fire.
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
McGregor was due to take on Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July in Las Vegas.