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Conor McGregor announces MMA retirement – Courage, NICKMERCS, Nadeshot and more react

Published: 26/Mar/2019 10:21 Updated: 26/Mar/2019 13:12

by Paul Cot


Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from “Mixed Martial Arts.” The former UFC two-weight world champion took to Twitter to announce the news to his 7.5 million followers.

Has Conor McGregor really retired?

Despite the nature of his tweet, many will be skeptical as to whether the Irish megastar has actually retired from MMA. As recently as March 23, UFC President Dana White, had been openly talking about McGregor’s return to the Octagon.

There had been talks of a summer return for the Notorious one against opponents such as Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone and perhaps most excitingly former foe Nate Diaz. This suggests his retirement announcement could be in response to failed negotiations for his next fight.

McGregor had previously announced his retirement in a now infamous tweet stating, “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” That tweet stemming from April 2016, got an astounding 150 thousand retweets and 181 thousand likes.

He squared off against Nate Diaz just four months later at UFC 202 and provided arguably one of his finest performances on route to a majority decision win. This was a rematch of his first loss in the UFC which Diaz won by submission at UFC 196.

Conor McGregor is arguably the biggest star in the history of MMA…

Twitter reacts – not buying his retirement

Unsurprisingly, many on Twitter aren’t convinced he has retired either. Jack “CouRage” Dunlop responded with a blunt, “Wait…”. Whether this was in reference to his previous retirement tweet or whether he just really wants McGregor to fight again is unclear.

Elsewhere, TimTheTatMan responded with an iconic GIF which either shows he is shocked at the news or like others simply doesn’t believe it.

NICKMERCS was also surprised, saying “Wait what.” One of the replies to the Fortnite player said “He learnt strategies from Floyd”, a reference to Floyd Mayweather’s numerous retirements.

Nadeshot replied “Sold Proper Twelve already?! Congrats goat.” Whether Nadeshot is buying his retirement is unclear but his tweet references McGregor’s already hugely successful whisky brand, Proper Twelve. Among other projects of his, it is rumored McGregor can already retire off the Proper Twelve brand alone.

Another interesting reply, outside of the gaming world, was from WWE Superstar Finn Balor. The fellow Irishman replied, “See you at ‘mania brother.” While it is unlikely McGregor will be at Wrestlemania, let alone having some type of role at the event, this tweet will no doubt drum up a lot of excitement before WWE’s biggest event of the year.

The overwhelming sentiment from McGregor’s tweet seems to be it is simply a negotiations ploy. One personality that was more blunt about it was YouTuber and podcaster True Geordie who said, “this isn’t true news.”

Given his unfinished business with Khabib Nurmagomedov and an array other fight options, it is hard to believe his retirement tweet is final. It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the coming days and don’t be surprised to see McGregor back in the UFC this summer.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.