Conor McGregor had what was arguably the lowest point of his MMA career to date at UFC 196 after losing to Nate Diaz
The Irishman, who was the heavy favourite heading into the fight and boasted about how easily he was going to win, tapped out in the middle of the octagon after being put in a rear-naked choke by Diaz.
McGregor was almost certainly undone by trying to jump up too much of a weight group at once, moving from 145lbs - where he's the Champion - to fighting Diaz at 170. Despite all this, McGregor still says that he fancies a rematch sometime in the future.
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After being caught by someone from TMZ while walking the streets in Beverly Hills, McGregor said that he was feeling good and ready to get back inside the octagon.
"I'm ready to go again," McGregor told the reporter. "I had a great time. It was a good fight, a hell of a fight. I look forward to coming back with a vengeance."
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McGregor's post-fight interviews indicated a featherweight title defense at UFC 200 would be next, but the Irishman doesn't sound opposed to another run-in with Diaz down the road.
"I think I'd like to see that, yea?" McGregor said of a future rematch with Diaz. "I mean, it's one that interests me, most certainly."
Whilst speaking to TMZ, McGregor said that he still believes that he was winning the fight and in control before being out-wrestled by Diaz and giving the American his back making himself vulnerable to the rear-naked choke.
"You know, when I look at the fight I was winning the fight. I won the first round and a half, I feel. I'd love to get that one back. We'll see how it goes. Money talks. Life is good."
McGregor's featherweight title defense is expected to come at UFC 200 in July. Though an opponent hasn't yet been announced, both Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo are thought to be under consideration.
Following that, whether he has successfully defended his title or not, McGregor will surely be set to finally face Rafael dos Anjos - McGregor's original opponent at UFC 196 who pulled out because of a broken bone in his foot.
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