“It was a great fight.”
Conor McGregor’s UFC comeback was spoiled last October 6 when Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted him in the fourth round of the UFC 229 headliner. The highly-anticipated fight between the best grappler and best striker turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Russian champ came out with a dominant victory.
McGregor took to Instagram on Monday night to break down his UFC 229 loss to Nurmagomedov. ‘The Notorious’ admitted that a costly error in the fourth round dictated the outcome of the fight.
The famous @thenotoriousmma billion dollar strut. It's a rarity to get a fighter in an empty cage during the walkout, so I tried to take advantage of it. Photo: Al Powers for @tmobilearena #ufc229 pic.twitter.com/CRihkKQyef
— Al Powers (@powersimagery) October 8, 2018
McGregor returned to the Octagon last October 6 for a chance to reclaim his lost glory following a two-year layoff. The former two-division champ took on the undefeated and reigning champion Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight belt.
With so much hype surrounding the fight, expectations were sky-high that the UFC 229 main event would be an enthralling affair. But the best grappler in the promotion proved that he was too tough to handle as his challenger found no answers to his firepower.
‘The Eagle’ found himself in the driver seat in the first two rounds before locking in a rear naked choke in the fourth, which forced McGregor to tap out. Khabib retained his UFC lightweight strap and preserved his unblemished record while Conor absorbed his fourth loss in his career in a devastating fashion.
Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Conor McGregor with a tear naked choke in the fourth. Khabib jumps the cage and attacks Dillon Danis in the crowd. All hell has broken lose. #ufc229 pic.twitter.com/69RI0yxfbc
— The Fight Library (@fightlibrarypod) October 7, 2018
Accepting The Loss
In a lengthy social media post on Monday night, the Dubliner provided great details as to how he fared with the defending lightweight champion in the main event of the biggest fight in the promotion’s history that was the UFC 229.
He admitted that an aggressive and smart Nurmagomedov convincingly took the first two rounds. But after, what he described as, the “worst round of his career,” he said he managed to “come back and win the third round.” He then claimed that he won the early exchanges in the fourth round, but a crucial mistake, later on, became the turning point of the fight.
“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 made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square.”
Check McGregor’s statement in the post below:
The Irish Star concluded that he will back with high confidence and will be fully prepared for a rematch against the Russian champ.
“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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