Twitter was sent into an absolute frenzy as Conor McGregor announced his intention to return to the UFC octagon with a memorable Instagram post.
When Conor McGregor stepped up to the plate and dispatched the mighty Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, the idea of him stepping away from the fight-game at the peak of his powers never even seemed possible. And then, of course, the highly-divisive super-fight between himself and Floyd Mayweather came to be and all of a sudden, several very real question-marks loomed over his future in the sport.
Today, however, the former double-champ made it very clear in a to-the-point Instagram post that he has every intention of fighting again.
I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this. I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn't enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need. I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in. On top of the fighting. I am here. It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here. Yours sincerely, The Champ Champ™
After such big movement in such a time of uncertainty, Twitter’s MMA community understandably lost their minds.
The man speaks. This is great to read. Enough of this “never fight again” narrative already. https://t.co/g0tdxeHQHW
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 22, 2018
— New York Mets 2018 (@MetsWS18) February 22, 2018
— UFC (@ufc) February 22, 2018
— Justin (@blazingXsports) February 22, 2018
I love this from McG:
1. Stating unequivocal intent to return
2. Willing to save a card
3. 145 still on table
4. Challenging White's narrative
Interestingly, seems (understandably) burned out on promotional duties. https://t.co/ctlrxb4MoS
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) February 22, 2018
— Andrew R Nihill (@HisNameIsRed) February 22, 2018
— Антонио (@josemontana__) February 22, 2018
— john (@JGuethlein) February 22, 2018
Honestly not sure what to make of McGregor's claim he offered to step in at 222. Lot of potential layers to that. But the part about looking forward to something last minute, to avoid some of the additional obligations that come with a fight, that seems very believable.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 22, 2018
Recap of Dana White and Conor McGregor's position on things. pic.twitter.com/YbyW7EC0WN
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) February 22, 2018
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena