UFC superstar Conor McGregor has in many ways taken over the sport of mixed martial arts. Now it would appear that “Notorious” has taken over Twitter too.
The fighter cultivated a dedicated fan following as he made his way through the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). “Notorious” went on to shock the world with a 13 second knockout of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the title. McGregor then made his way to the lightweight division. From there, the new UFC featherweight champion eventually made his way to a title fight against reining lightweight title holder Eddie Alvarez.
Once again, McGregor shocked the world by taking out Alvarez for a TKO victory that cemented “Notorious'” place in UFC history. McGregor is the first and only fighter in the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion to ever hold multiple division titles simultaneously. Grant it, McGregor was forced to vacate his featherweight strap shortly after. Fast forward to 2017 and McGregor would go on to make history once again.
“Notorious” made his professional boxing debut this year in one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of 2017. The fighter faced off against undefeated pugilist legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Aug. 26.
Mayweather would go on to take out McGregor in the tenth round for a TKO victory. However, the UFC lightweight champion still walked away with the payday of his career. McGregor is believed to have earned a total $100 million for his boxing debut performance.
Mayweather vs. McGregor would then go on to break the record for most pay-per-view sales that was originally held by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Now it would appear that one of the UFC champion’s tweets concerning the match up made it into the top ten most retweeted athlete tweets of 2017.
According to Twitter, McGregor’s following social media post was the seventh most retweeted athlete post of 2017. For the message, McGregor announced “THE FIGHT IS ON.”
The image in the post shows “Notorious” beside Mayweather Sr.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
For reference, the most retweeted athlete post of 2017 came courtesy of NBA star LeBron James. The basketball player referred to U.S. President Donald Trump as a “bum.”
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017