Conor McGregor shook up the sports world two weeks back when he suddenly declared that he had decided to "retire young."
In the time since, that story has evolved into a major backstage power struggle between McGregor, one of the biggest attractions in combat sports today, and the UFC ownership group. While this tug of war has dominated the MMA news cycle, it has done so despite an uncharacteristically quiet McGregor.
Sure, he issued a statement and threw a few barbs (presumably at promotional brass). Other than that, though, he has been noticeably quiet on social media...until now.
McGregor blew up Twitter on Monday morning with a series of 10 tweets directed at people questioning his drawing power and his chances in a rematch with Nate Diaz.
He started with a response to FloSports' Front Row Brian, who discussed Diaz's newfound muscle:
And then he began addressing a number of fans:
You can check out all the tweets on McGregor's Twitter page.
Obviously, every word McGregor posts is going to be analyzed thoroughly in the coming days to determine if he is sending any subliminal messages to UFC brass. Hopefully he keeps this story moving and can find some middle ground with the UFC in this dispute.
Update: 6:08 p.m. ET:
Nate Diaz subtly fired back at McGregor on Twitter: