Last night (August 17, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Massachusetts, Conor McGregor took home a unanimous decision victory over Max Holloway on the Fox Sports 1 "prelims". It was the kind of fight that answered a lot of questions about McGregor, namely his ability to go the full three rounds.
It feels like a loss to me, to be honest. I wanted the finish. I felt the finish was there for me. I injured my knee midway through the second. I just can't get it out of my head. Looking back, I should have just pulled my knee from my leg and just hit him with it.
I'm here listening to this guy got of the night, and this guy got of the night, this guy got of the night. I want that. I don't come here for decisions. We are rewarded for finishes. That's what I'm looking for, I am a finisher. I planned on stealing the show and it didn't happen for me. It feels like I'm dealing with a loss at the moment.
I don't care what anyone in my weight class thinks. I know what I can do. I know what I do in the gym, day in and day out. People are saying I got the three rounds in. I don't give a shit about getting the three rounds in. I do 300 rounds a week. Stick me in 30 rounds out there.
I'm looking to get paid here. We get looked after when we finish. This promotion wants finishes and that's what I'm looking for. These custom made suits aren't cheap. This solid gold pocket watch, three people died making this watch. I need to put people away. I need those big fights or I'm gonna end up in debt pretty fast.
McGregor has the right attitude. The UFC rewards exciting performances and there are a lot of fighters who are content to just go out and pick up the W. Winning is great, but it's the fighters that look to finish their opponents that receive the most promotional support.
It's honestly refreshing to hear a fighter speak so openly about this. I know I was hard on him before the fight, but this made me a fan.
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