Conor McGregor recently had another take on his UFC 229 defeat, but this one is a little bit more difficult to decipher.
“We lost the match but won the battle. The war goes on,” McGregor wrote on Instagram Monday.
In the photo, McGregor appears to be holding a glass of his Proper No. 12 whiskey while wearing an outfit courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana. With that in mind, “winning the battle” could refer to financial rewards, as McGregor claimed that he would make $50 million for his bout with Khabib Nurmagmedov. Additionally, his whiskey was a sponsor at UFC 229.
As for the match, McGregor was submitted by a Nurmagomedov neck crank in the fourth round. After the bout, Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon to fight with McGregor’s cornermen. Inside the cage, McGregor was confronted by members of Nurmagomedov’s team, and more punches were thrown.
All parties involved will be facing discipline from the Nevada Athletic Commission for their actions. Shortly after the loss, McGregor announced that he’s "looking forward to the rematch.”
McGregor is now 2-2 in his last four UFC appearances. He returned at UFC 229 following a near two-year hiatus from the sport. During that time, the “Notorious” one faced Floyd Mayweather in a lucrative boxing match, losing via 10th round TKO in August 2017.