Conor McGregor Not Banking on Immediate Rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 22, 2018


Conor McGregor isn’t dead set on an immediate return date with Khabib Nurmagomedov following his setback to the Dagestani lightweight champion in the UFC 229 headliner.

The Irishman took to Instagram to offer a lengthy breakdown of the Oct. 6 fight, which ended with Nurmagomedov winning via tapout in the fourth stanza. McGregor analyzed each round in the post, pointing out both the good and bad in his performance.

Perhaps more noteworthy, the former two-division champion claimed he would be willing to fight the “next man in line,” and that it would be no problem if he wasn’t granted a rematch in his next Octagon appearance.

“It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared,” McGregor wrote. “If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all.”

McGregor did not mention the post-fight brawl that ensued between both fighters and their corners. Both he and Nurmagomedov will face discipline from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, including potential fines and suspensions.

McGregor’s full breakdown of the fight can be viewed below:

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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. 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 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. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. 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. 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. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. 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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