With the news of Conor McGregor being out at UFC 200 and apparently retiring via Twitter, reaction came in from all levels of UFC fighters.
I guess my work here is done I'm retiring too✌🏼️👊🏼— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
So it seems the McGregor retirement rumor is true. My thoughts? It's about the ca$h. Goes to UFC wanting more money & they said no. #UFC200— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) April 20, 2016
Did someone finally take power away from the UFC? What's going on here? Time for a Union https://t.co/thhIYXtCld— Jamie Varner (@jamievarner) April 19, 2016
I remember it like it was yesterday when Conor, Rousey and Sage could do no wrong. My oh my how things have changed. WOW— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 20, 2016
Ego is the death of everything. Good for Conor if all this is true https://t.co/QZ4gvsi3Rd— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) April 20, 2016
The hell with it. I RETIRE TOO! #BackToMomsBasement— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) April 19, 2016
I'm not retiring.— LIZ CARMOUCHE (@iamgirlrilla) April 19, 2016
Not content to simply share their opinion on McGregor's departure, some fighters decided to volunteer their services for the UFC 200 main event.
If they will make it the new main event I'll fight an actual rabid animal at UFC200. I want 1/10 of whatever Conor did.— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) April 20, 2016
I also offer to wear the McGregor tattoos and fight vs Nate Diaz if we can do a catch weight. Hell I'll even get the ACTUAL tattoos for $$$— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) April 20, 2016
I'll fight Nate! Let me get that!!— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 20, 2016
If Conor is really out I'm sure me and Lawler could put on an epic war for you guys... Jus sayin— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) April 20, 2016
It remains to be seen what Dana White and UFC will do with UFC 200, scheduled for July 9 in Las Vegas. As of right now, the UFC's website lists the main event as "To Be Announced" vs. "To Be Determined," with the interim featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar still listed as the co-main event.