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Ricky Hatton speaks the truth about Conor McGregor after Khabib Nurmagomedov fight

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Conor McGregor will still be reeling after losing his UFC Lightweight Championship match against Khabib Nurmagomedov last weekend.

The Irishman, contesting a UFC fight for the first time since beating Eddie Alvarez back in November 2016, was outclassed by the Russian and made to tap out in the fourth round.

McGregor, as he so often does before fights, crossed the line on a few occasions with his outrageous trash-talking and antics in the build-up to his latest bout.

Nurmagomedov was furious with the Irishman and could be heard saying “let’s talk now” during the fight itself.

McGregor, meanwhile, was picked up by microphones saying “it’s just business” to his opponent - suggesting the trash-talking had purely been a ploy to sell the fight.

It backfired on McGregor, whose opponent was so fired up that he even vaulted the octagon and attacked Dillon Danis moments after retaining his lightweight title at UFC 229.

Most people from the world of UFC and beyond have now had their say about the brawl, which saw three of Nurmagomedov’s team arrested.

Former British boxer Ricky Hatton is the latest - although it’s his comments about McGregor which are very difficult to argue with.

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“I don’t know how Conor got himself involved in the fracas again - he just can’t help but get himself involved at times,” Hatton said in an interview with iFL TV. “It was terrible scenes really and, sadly, it seems to follow Conor.

“Conor is very talented and is always entertaining to watch but his fighting should be speaking for itself.

“It seems to be the other things that we seem to be mentioning with Conor these days, which is really a shame because I’ve always been a Conor McGregor fan.”

UFC 229 Khabib v McGregor: Weigh-Ins

Hatton is spot on. We all talk more about McGregor’s antics these days far more than his actual sporting talent.

It’s understandable that he wants to sell his fights - and he is an incredible showman - but he does tend to go too far at times which, as Hatton says, is a real shame.

On the brawl, Hatton described it as “scandalous”.

“The fight was alright, to be honest,” he continued. “Conor had to tap out but what happened after was shocking how his opponent leapt over and jumped into the crowd.

“He didn’t go at him with his fists, he went in with his feet - I’ve never seen anything like that.”

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Hatton also believes there’s a good chance that a rematch will happen and reckons McGregor, smarting from his defeat, will be keen to set the record straight next time.

“I think there will be a rematch as they don’t really like each other. It was a decent fight while it lasted and Conor will want to come back with the bit between his teeth,” he added.

“He’s good entertainment, Conor, but I think this is one of those fights where a rematch [could happen].

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

“Obviously it’s all about building the fight, flogging the tickets and stuff like that. I think Conor will be more of a showman this time. He’ll want to come back and prove a point because, let’s have it right, that defeat will have hurt him.”

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