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Jon Jones pays respect to Conor McGregor for gracious handling of defeat

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Conor McGregor may have lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, but he has taken the defeat humbly, which has gone down very well with those linked with UFC, whether they be fighters or fans.

McGregor lost to Diaz in the second round of the main event, tapping out to a rear-naked choke hold by the American - his first defeat since November 2010.

During his post-fight interview, the Irish fighter stayed humble and said: "I took the chance going at 170. I felt I took him the first round but I was inefficient with my energy. But I'm humble in victory or defeat and I respect Nate. He came in and took the fight at short notice and done the job.

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"He was efficient - I wasn't - that was it. I feel I hit too much arms but these things happen. I'll learn, I'll grow. I took a chance going up weight and it didn't work out.

"It is what it is. I'll face it like a man, like a champion, and come back."

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McGregor has been highly praised for these comments, and one UFC fighter that gave him recognition was Jon Jones.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion said in a video on his Instagram account: "Wanted to take a quick second to shout out Conor McGregor for the way he handled defeat last night. He really handled it like a champion.

"He took a gamble fighting anyone, anywhere. A gamble he lost, but in a way he won cause he really got to show some great character so a shout out to you."

Jones did originally mock the Irish fighter after his loss, as he posted a photo with Demetrious Johnson, signifying that they were the number one and number two pound-for-pound fighters in MMA.

This was in response to Conor's comments before the fight stating he was the number one pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion appears to have had a change of heart, as the video was posted the day after UFC 196.

McGregor is likely not to compete again until UFC 200 later this year, where he is currently rumored to defend his UFC Featherweight Championship against either Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, or Max Holloway.

As for Jones, he is expected to have a rematch against Daniel Cormier at UFC 197, to try and regain the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

Jon originally won the championship against Cormier back in January 2015 at UFC 182, but the title was stripped from him due to a hit-and-run incident in April that year. Daniel went on to defeat Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 to win the vacant title.

The rematch between Jones and Cormier at UFC 197 will take place on April 23.

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