Conor McGregor Released A Lengthy, Extremely Candid Statement Breaking Down His Loss To Khabib

Conor McGregor Statement Loss Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Since his devastating loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, Conor McGregor has gotten trolled for a tweet he wrote following the fight, gotten trolled for his brutally bad attempt at throwing a football, and pulled a nice bro move by surprising Boston firefighters with World Series tickets and whiskey.

What McGregor hasn’t done, however, is be interviewed or given any real comment on how he felt about the fight.

That all changed late Monday night when “The Notorious One” wrote a very lengthy and in-depth analysis of every round of the fight, how he feels about the loss and where he goes from here.

Here’s what he wrote on Instagram…

Thoughts on my last fight.
Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position.
From a fight standpoint the first round is mine.
Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round.
Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight.
It was a nice shot.
After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played.
If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now.
I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever.
Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only.
That won’t happen again.
I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded.
Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set.
You are the master of your own universe.
I am the master of this.
I must take my own advice.
Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage.
Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here.
That is my fault.
Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence.
A stable position.
Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square.
What can I say?
It was a great fight and it was my pleasure.
I will be back with my confidence high.
Fully prepared.
If it is not the rematch right away, no problem.
I will face the next in line.
It’s all me always, anyway.
See you soon my fighting fans I love you all.

“It’s all me always, anyway.” Have to love the man’s ever-present swagger.

As for that rematch, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen anytime soon, at least according to UFC President Dana White, who told ESPN, “As a fight fan, you’ve gotta go with Tony (Ferguson). Tony had the belt, tweaked his knee, got stripped, (McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov) happens. Tony never lost the belt in a fight. Neither did Conor, but Conor actually got the opportunity to fight for the belt. I think Tony deserves the next shot.”

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