Conor McGregor provides detailed analysis of his performance v Khabib

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You know when a massive fight has taken place when it's still being talked about over two weeks later.

Although what happened inside the octagon was somewhat overshadowed by what happened outside of it after the fight, the bottom line remains: Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor.

McGregor reluctantly submitted to defeat in the fourth round but in truth struggled to really assert himself at any point during the title clash.

Having now had some time to reflect on it, however, the Irishman has posted a detailed analysis of his own performance on Instagram, where he has admitted the better man won.

McGregor admitted that he conceded rounds one and two to Nurmagomedov and stated that after he made a "critical error" in the fourth round, the belt was inevitably going to end up in Khabib's hands.

“Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock,” McGregor wrote.

“I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square.”

McGregor also admitted that he failed to prepare for all possible attacks by his opponent, leaving him open to a brutal right hand in the second round that could have easily sparked him out.

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“I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again.

"I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To [sic] defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice.”

The popular MMA fighter was making his return to the octagon for the first time in two years and described the fight as "great".

“What can I say?” he wrote. “It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared.”

Despite having been given a temporary suspension for his involvement in the post-fight scenes with Nurmagomedov, rumours have begun circulating about who McGregor will take on next.

A number of names have been penned down as potential opponents, including a rematch with Nurmagomedov, however, the Irishman gave no clear indication as to who he would be preparing to fight next.

“If it is not the rematch right away, no problem,” McGregor said. “I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all.”

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