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Justin Bieber Reacts to Conor McGregor's UFC 196 Loss to Nate Diaz

Canadian singer Justin Bieber reacts after receiving the International Male Solo Artist award during the BRIT Awards 2016 in London on February 24, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION  NO POSTERS  NO USE IN MONOGRAPHS         (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2016

Justin Bieber has come out in support of UFC star Conor McGregor after his shock loss to Nate Diaz on Saturday night.

The Irishman was the big favourite with the bookmakers coming into the bout, but his opponent submitted him via a rear-naked choke in the second round. Despite the loss, Bieber revealed he’s still backing the Notorious and was left disappointed by the result in a post on his Instagram account:

“Still to McGregor. To McGregor!” he toasted in the clip. “He’s still the champ. That broke my heart.”

While McGregor remains the champion at featherweight, the step up to welterweight proved to be too much for him on the night. 

McGregor suffered a shock loss to Diaz at UFC 196.
McGregor suffered a shock loss to Diaz at UFC 196.Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Indeed, after a positive first round the Irishman seemed to get a little complacent in the second, allowing Diaz to land and was eventually forced to give up his back. Here’s a reminder of the remarkable finish to the fight:

While many will revel in McGregor’s loss given just how brash he can be in the build-up to fights, even the greats in the UFC suffer defeats. The Irishman should also be lauded for pushing himself to levels plenty of others have not done before and perhaps he can approach bouts with a little less pressure in the future.

And while he’s divisive, it’s clear McGregor will retain a huge fanbase moving forward, including Bieber, evidently.

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