Conor McGregor (18-3) has officially been pulled from his scheduled rematch Nate Diaz(19-10) at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.

UFC President Dana White broke the news Tuesday night during an appearance on SportsCenter.

According to White, the promotion’s reigning featherweight champ’s refusal to not show up for a scheduled media tour in Las Vegas was the main reason for McGregor’s removal from the event.

“Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial or be a part of any of the marketing we have,” White said. “He’s in Iceland training and that’s not possible.”

This news also comes just a few hours after McGregor tweeted he planned on “retire young” in a cryptic tweet where he thanked fans.

When pressed whether he believed McGregor had truly decided to hang up the gloves, White was even vague than McGregor

“Is Conor retiring? Only he can answer that question, I don’t know,” said White. “Obviously we still have a good relationship with Conor. I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can’t decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it.”

White also revealed Diaz is flying into Las Vegas in order to discuss a new opponent for UFC 200, which will take place at Las Vegas’s new T-Mobile Arena on July 9. The event will be the culmination of the UFC’s 2016 International Fight Week.

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