A little over three weeks since Conor McGregor’s UFC 229 defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov, the dust has just about settled.
And the Irishman has finally broken his silence about the controversial fight, providing an in-depth, round-by-round analysis of his loss and reiterating his desire for a rematch.
McGregor, 30, tapped out in the fourth round of the fight on Sunday October 7 after Nurmagomedov forced him into submission with a rear naked choke hold.
But the result was overshadowed by the shocking events which followed.
Seconds after the final bell, Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis, who had been goading him.
It sparked a mass brawl inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the ruckus, McGregor was punched by members of Nurmagomedov’s team.
Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov received temporary suspensions.
Much has been said about the melee, but now McGregor has chosen to speak only about the fight itself, offering a brutal assessment of his own performance.
He admitted he lost "fair and square", adding that he would not make the same mistakes next time.
The Notorious shared the 409-word statement with his 29.1million Instagram followers.
Read the statement in full
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.
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.
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