Conor McGregor was handed the first defeat of his UFC career at UFC 196 two weeks ago, tapping out to Nate Diaz in the main event of the night.
Before the fight, McGregor was touting himself as the self-professed 'King of UFC' and completely untouchable in the promotion, saying he could do whatever he wanted. And then he tapped right in the middle of the octagon.
Diaz caught McGregor with a stinging punch that rocked the Irishman, McGregor went for a lazy takedown attempt and had it reversed by the better grappler, who managed to get some clubbing blows on Conor's face before the UFC Flyweight Champion gave Diaz his back and was easily put in a rear-naked choke for the quick tap.
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Speaking to reporters in the aftermath of one of the biggest losses in recent UFC memory, McGregor's coach has come out and given an explanation for why his star man blew it against Nate Diaz.
According to John Kavanagh - McGregor's coach - the Irish fighter completely gassed himself out by going too hard, too early last month in Las Vegas.
"If there was something to critique or take away from that fight, I think Conor almost immediately said it much better than I'm able to say, is that he was inefficient with his jab and Nate was efficient," Kavanagh said.
"He kind of blew himself a little bit trying to take his head off with every single left hand rather than just landing it."
"I think there was a good left cross, and it kind of stumbled Conor back. Maybe I could have stole his own phrase and told him to keep it flowing," he added.
Kavanagh then doubled down on the tiredness reasoning.
"I kind of think it was really exhaustion at this stage. He looked really, really tired. At that stage, it was clear that he was very, very tired."
The 27-year-old McGregor has vowed to bounce back after the third defeat of his career and is eager to get back inside the Octagon as soon as possible, with a rematch with Diaz potentially on the cards in the future.
However, in the present McGregor will be looking ahead to UFC 200, and a potential bout with either Frankie Edgar or a rematch with Jose Aldo.
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