Conor McGregor Breaks Down Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight, Wants Rematch

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  Conor McGregor of Ireland is involved in a post-fight incident following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor provided an in-depth breakdown on Instagram of his submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6.

Regarding the pivotal fourth round in which he lost, here's what McGregor had to say:

"My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. ... 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."

McGregor also called the second round of the fight "the worst round of my fighting career," noting he recovered to get the better of Nurmagomedov in Round 3.

Regarding his problems in the second round, McGregor said he "gave [Nurmagomedov's] upright fighting no respect in preparation" and "also gave my attacking grappling no respect."

The former lightweight champion ended his post on a positive note: "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."

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Of course, everything that happened after the fight overshadowed the action inside the Octagon and raised questions about Nurmagomedov's immediate future. He leaped into the crowd to confront a member of McGregor's camp, setting off a brief brawl in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.

UFC President Dana White told TMZ Sports he worked out any lingering issues Nurmagomedov (warning: video contains profanity):

White also said in an interview with ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto that he'd like to see Nurmagomedov fight Tony Ferguson next, though he was speaking more generally rather than laying out UFC's plans.

Still, it would appear McGregor might have to wait for his next crack at Khabib.

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