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Conor McGregor breaks down Khabib beatdown, willing to fight ‘next in line’ in lieu of rematch

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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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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, is finally ready to assess his performance from the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, in which “Notorious” succumbed to a fourth-round submission against reigning division kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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While the power-punching Irishman gave credit to “The Eagle” for a few shining moments, it sounds like McGregor is attributing the defeat to his own mistakes, and not the dominance of the Dagestani grappler, who captured two of the first three frames, including a 10-8 in the second stanza.

Or did he?

“From a fight standpoint, the first round is mine,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “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.”

As for the actual submission, McGregor openly admits to one of the biggest (and only) criticisms of his otherwise stellar mixed martial arts (MMA) career. In the championship rounds, a clearly winded “Notorious” yielded to a stronger, fresher foe.

Blame the genetics.

“My recovery was not where it could have been here,” he wrote. “That is my fault. 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. 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.”

With promotion president Dana White already talking up a lightweight title fight between Nurmagomedov and former interim champion Tony Ferguson, it’s unlikely McGregor will score an immediate rematch. That means the “next in line” could be privy to “red-panty night” at some point in 2019.

Unless this finally happens.