Conor Mcgregor Reveals Two Critical Mistakes As He Analyzes UFC 229 Loss To Khabib Nurmagomedov
Former two division champion Conor Mcgregor has offered his deepest insight yet into his brutal loss to undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 earlier this month. Irishman mentioned two critical mistakes that he made in the second and fourth rounds that allowed ‘The Eagle’ to beat him.
Mcgregor returned to UFC Octagon after two years of a break to face Nurmagomedov, who emerged as one of the most dominant fighters in the sports in Conor Mcgregor’s absence.
In the build-up of their fight, Mcgregor launch verbal tirade against Khabib over religion and family. Of course, those comments didn’t sit well with Khabib who after scoring the biggest win of his career leaped over cage fence and attacked Mcgregor’s teammate Dillon Danis that nearly sparked riots inside and outside the Octagon.
Currently, Mcgregor and Khabib waiting for their punishment from Nevada State Athletic Commission for causing post-fight brawl, the official hearing will conduct on October 24 where further sanctions will be exposed.
After the loss, Mcgregor has been busy promoting his newly released whiskey proper No. 12 around the country. On Tuesday morning Irishman took to Instagram, where he gave a round by round dissection of his fourth-round loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. Also mentioned he doesn’t have a problem if UFC doesn’t book an immediate rematch between him and his rival.
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
Irishman acknowledges that in the second round when he knocked down, that was the worse round of his career and few key mistakes he made in the fourth round that caused his defeat, but believes from fight standpoint he won rounds 1 and 3.
Before his showdown at UFC 229, McGregor expressed his interest in throwing down with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva down the road. Earlier this month “The Spider‘ accepted the challenge and suggested to fight at catchweight of 180 pounds.
UFC president Dana White recently said he’s not interested in booking an instant rematch, implies Tony Ferguson deserves to get the next crack at Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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