Conor McGregor issues bold statement giving blow-by-blow breakdown of Khabib Nurmagomedov defeat
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Conor McGregor issues bold statement giving blow-by-blow breakdown of Khabib Nurmagomedov defeat

CONOR MCGREGOR has released a lengthy statement offering a blow-by-blow assessment of his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his UFC lightweight title match with the Russian.

Up until that point, it wasn't an especially good showing from the Irishman either, who was trailing 29-27 with the fight's three judges prior to his submission.

Now the Notorious has taken to Instagram to offer up his view of the fight in a long post that breaks down the fight and what was going through his mind at the time.

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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 ❤

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McGregor's statement reads as follows:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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McGregor has already spoken of his desire to face Nurmagomedov in a rematch, but he could have a while to wait.

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UFC head honcho Dana White is lining up a fight between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson first, meaning the Irishman may have to wait a while longer.