McGregor was mauled during a wrestling masterclass from Nurmagomedov..

The advice Conor McGregor was given after two rounds vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Conor McGregor simply couldn't cope with Khabib Nurmagomedov's wrestling prowess on his way to defeat at UFC 229.

As soon as the 'Notorious' struggled to land a knockout blow during the first two rounds, there were fears that Nurmagomedov would grind out the victory and he secured the win in the closing moments.

Having lost the third round to a sound boxing display from McGregor, the champion secured a ruthless take down and ended the contest with a neck crank submission.

Simply put, it was a superb performance from Nurmagomedov and the only shame came through his behaviour after the bout which quickly overshadowed the event. 

The 30-year-old launched himself over the octagon to attack McGregor's team, before some members of his own entourage then attacked his adversary in the cage.

Nurmagomedov defeats McGregor 

Regardless of the ramifications of the post-match episode, though, Nurmagomedov's performance can't be tainted and there are genuine questions over the validity of a rematch.

McGregor quickly stated his intentions to have another go on Twitter and he's apparently pestered Dana White about the possibility already.

And while it would be brilliant to see the two slug it out again, there was little from the original fight to suggest McGregor could genuinely strip Nurmagomedov of his unbeaten record.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

McGregor's corner after round two

If nothing else, they would certainly need a different approach and in the aftermath of the bout, the advice McGregor was given throughout the contest has looked rather interesting.

The first two rounds were gruelling for the Irishman who had to spend plenty of time on his back and by the time he returned to his stool before the third, things weren't looking good.

It prompted his corner to make the following remarks which, well, haven't aged all that well.

"You'll notice him getting slower as the rounds go on. That was his absolute best," McGregor was told. 

"You had him chasing, let him come to you and your left hand will be there. He's doing a lot of work circling around, he's in range, so pop. Perfect."

Of course, McGregor was yet to see Nurmagomedov's best and he certainly didn't tire out.

That's not to mention the fact McGregor's performance during the first two rounds were far from 'perfect' and his best five minute spell actually came after the pep talk.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

One thing the team did get right, though, was the importance of that left-hand but McGregor never really paved the opportunity for himself to land that money punch.

In fact, the most meaningful punch of the fight actually came from Nurmagomedov who knocked down the 'Notorious' with a swooping overhand right.

Nurmagomedov has faded in matches in the past but, if there is to be a rematch, McGregor's corner will know not to feel so confident after two rounds again.

Do you think McGregor should push for the rematch? Have your say in the comments section below.

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