Say what you will about Conor McGregor but people love confidence and the man certainly displays it every chance he gets.
In a recent social media post, McGregor broke down every round of his own fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. He gave credit where credit was due and admitted his own faults when giving up positional advantages to the current lightweight champion. The most telling thing about his post is that it seems he will not get his way as he did against his loss to Nate Diaz when they first fought at UFC 196. He lost to Diaz via submission and was granted a rematch at UFC 202, where he won by decision.
McGregor seems to know work needs to be done, and with his return to MMA looks willing to fight whoever is “next in line”, according to the end of his post.
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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. Lessons. 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 ❤
“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.” – Conor McGregor
It is important to note there was no title on the line or others waiting to face the champion since the Diaz fights were at 170 pounds. Nurmagomedov will likely have to face the returning Tony Ferguson or McGregor may be given a shot at Ferguson. Either way, McGregor’s post seems to show that not only is the loss still on his mind but he also recognizes the improvements he needs to make.
McGregor is now 21-4 with all four losses coming by way of submission, one knee-ba, and three chokes. McGregor has become a brand in combat sports and any card he attaches himself to has been financially rewarding win or lose, but how long will that last?