Conor McGregor claims he was beating ‘pitiful’ Khabib Nurmagomedov before he tapped out
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Conor McGregor claims he was beating ‘pitiful’ Khabib Nurmagomedov before he tapped out

CONOR MCGREGOR has sensationally claimed he was winning his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov before he tapped out.

The Irishman was defeated in the fourth round of his lightweight clash with the Russian at UFC 229 in October 2018.

With the Notorious back up and running in the UFC, talk has already turned to a potential rematch with Nurmagomedov.

McGregor this week took to social media to offer up his own assessment of their previous fight – a fight he feels he was winning up until the “trip” in the fourth round.

Responding to one fan who claimed the Crumlin fighter was “mauled” by the Russian, McGregor said: "I won round one. Out struck him three to one here.

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"Elbows, knees, clatters. He held on entire round. Round two he won.

"This round had the kimura attempt you speak of.

"I kneed him full force into his eye socket here and broke the grip fully. A lovely shot!

"I won three also and four up until the trip."

He added: "Round 1's mine. Out struck 3-1. Elbow, knees, clatters! He held on.

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"Two is his but I land multiple knees. One from standing after the overhand, and one from bottom into the eye socket at kimura attempt.

"Not a scratch end of round also. I won round three, and four until the trip."

The UFC icon went on to share a picture of himself after the fight, writing: "Ye, not a scratch. Relaxing before I bounced up and bet his brother and his cousin round."

For the first time in a long time, a McGregor vs Nurmagomedov rematch looks a distinct possibility with Khabib admitting in a recent interview that it “makes sense”.

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In order for that to happen, however, Nurmagomedov must first defeat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

McGregor, meanwhile, has a January bout with Dustin Poirier to contend with.