Conor McGregor sends internet into meltdown with 'retirement' Tweet

Was this McGregor's last time leaving the octagon?
Was this McGregor's last time leaving the octagon?

If his Twitter account is to be believed, the Notorious is permanently stepping away from the octagon.

UPDATE (21:01)

McGregor's coach John Kavanagh has appeared to back up McGregor's statement of retirement:

UPDATE (20:57)

Nate Diaz has had his say on the matter - if McGregor's retirement plan was real, this may cause a swfit U-turn:

The internet is absolutely aghast at a Tweet sent by Conor McGregor this evening, which proclaims that he has decided to "retire young".

The message, which does not appear on the Dubliner’s other most-viewed social media feeds, is certainly shocking if true.

The baffling Tweet, which has sparked confusion, outrage and disbelief, certainly sounds like a McGregor quote but many are unconvinced.

The Irish fighter is set to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9, aiming to make up for his defeat to the Californian at UFC 196.

It seems unlikely he would step away from the sport, and the organisation, after signing up for such a lucrative fight.

Dana White might have a word or two to say about this, if it isn't the account hacking which many believe it to be.

There has so far been no other statement or sound from McGregor or his camp.

Do you think this is real? Here are some of the reactions to McGregor's 'retirement':