Former Two-Division Champion Conor Mcgregor Issues An Interesting Analysis On His Loss To Khabib Nurmagomedov At UFC 229 Believes From Fight Stand Point He Won Round 1 & 3
Since his loss to undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, former two-division champion Conor Mcgregor has been super busy traveling around the globe to promote his newly released whiskey Proper No. 12.
The only thing Irishman didn’t discuss was his loss, until now. The dust is over as it’s been two weeks since the biggest fight in the history of UFC happened when Khabib soundly beat Mcgregor via submission in the fourth round to retain his title. McGregor posted a lengthy Instagram round by round dissection of his UFC 229 defeat on Tuesday morning and also said he’s ok with not getting an immediate rematch.
But Notorious believes if you see from a fight standpoint he won round 1 and 3. He also acknowledges that round 2 where he was knocked down to canvas was the worse round of his career. Former champion also noted some critical errors in the fourth round that cost him a fight.
Check out Mcgregor’s statement from his official Instagram account:
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 ❤
UFC 229 loss marked Mcgregor’s first fight in UFC octagon since November of 2016 where he defeated then lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez via second-round TKO at UFC 205.
Currently, both Mcgregor and Khabib waiting to find out their punishments from NSAC for playing a role in UFC 229 post-fight melee. The official hearing is set to take place on October 24.
Mcgregor inked a six-fight deal with the UFC before his showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the end of his message he said if it’s not a rematch then some else in the line, see you soon my fighting fans. Well, it could be anyone he wants to face, recently called out former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva. “The Spider” accepted the challenge from “Mystic Mac,” earlier this month said let do it at catchweight of 180-pounds.