Now that the dust has finally settled, Conor McGregor has taken the time to analyse his performance against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 earlier this month.
The Irishman is still reeling after losing to the Russian, although admitted in a lengthy Instagram post published on Tuesday that he was beaten “fair and square”.
Looking back over his performance, round-by round, McGregor pointed out where he believes he went wrong on the night.
The 30-year-old feels he conceded the first two rounds and believes his biggest mistake occurred in the fourth and final round.
“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, who wants a rematch against Nurmagomedov, added that it was a “great fight” and a “pleasure” to be involved in.
“I will be back with my confidence high,” he vowed. “Fully prepared.”
At the time of writing, there have been over 70,000 comments on McGregor’s Instagram post, which has been ‘liked’ more than 2.5 million times.
However, one of the best comments - if not *the* best comment - comes from a McGregor fan (or perhaps that should be former McGregor fan) who has fired back with a response to the UFC superstar which hits the nail on the head.
Read it in full here…
“I’m sorry. I disagree with your breakdown,” @slatsstrong begins. “Maybe too much of the sh*te whiskey your pushing is getting to your head. In the sport/or the fight, I seen a complete brutalisation where no round was won by you. And you always say you learn, never lose.
“Well, all this breakdown did was show me that you didn’t learn anything. I came into the fight with you, behind you, like I have your entire career.
"But, your lack of respect and how you ran/run your mouth was an embarrassment. In fact, you whispering, ‘it’s only business’ to him showed me that not even you stand behind what you spew.
“If you’re going to try to talk trash like some of the best ever, Ali, Tyson, Floyd, win in an overwhelming fashion like they did. Your marginal victory with Nate, and your losses since have been embarrassing. All bark with no bite.
“I am not going to give up on you, but I am not standing behind you. You’re in this for the business and keep getting beat by men who are in it for legacy and to more or less shut your big mouth.
"I will close this with a bit of advice lad, train as if you were the worst fighter in the world, instead of the best and you might start winning again.
“If you’re not going to put in your best efforts to win, I will not put my efforts in to protect your name in these city streets I live on, all working class Irish areas in Chicago… You fight for not only yourself, but a country too.
“Take the ‘business’ out of this and start doing it for glory again. You were the best fighter in the world then, when glory was at stake, mate.
“Good luck. Let’s see if you ever really do learn.”
Strong words there from a McGregor fan who is clearly disillusioned with the Irishman after his eyebrow-raising comments before and after the defeat against Khabib.
The comment is already one of the most popular in the replies and many other UFC fans believe he’s hit the nail on the head.
McGregor should really take the time to read it and learn from it. Hearing the truth will only benefit him moving forward.