While his Instagram feed of late has been used to promote his whiskey, Proper Twelve, Conor McGregor took to the social media site last night to address his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 earlier this month, saying he was “beaten fair and square.”
McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his lightweight title bout against the Russian but it was the chaos that ensued afterwards that dominated the headlines.
Although he has spoken about his desire for a rematch, McGregor has not discussed the details of the fight, until now. In a lengthy Instagram post, the Dubliner provided a round-by-round breakdown of where it all went wrong for him.
“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.”
Though he did not mention the post-fight brawl, McGregor did reiterate his desire for a rematch, saying he doesn’t mind if it is not scheduled right away. Both Khabib and McGregor were handed temporary suspensions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their part in the post-fight melee and are awaiting their hearing to discover their fate.