Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor ‘fair and square’ at UFC 229, the Notorious says

CONOR MCGREGOR has admitted that he lost "fair and square" to Khabib Nurmagomedov – but vowed never to make the same mistakes again.

The Irish superstar, who tapped out in the fourth round at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, admitted he showed the Russian too little respect in an in-depth analysis after losing the lightweight title fight.

 Conor McGregor tapped out in the fourth round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

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Conor McGregor tapped out in the fourth round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

McGregor insisted that he won the opening round from a "fight standpoint" and won the third before he lost via a rear naked choke in the October 7 bout.

Speaking to his 29.1 million Instagram followers, the 30-year-old said: “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.

 The UFC fight was followed by a mass brawl which saw Khabib jump out of the ring

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The UFC fight was followed by a mass brawl which saw Khabib jump out of the ring

"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."

 

McGregor admitted to underestimating the Russian, who extended his unbeaten record to 27-0.

The 30-year-old added: “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.

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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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 Khabib has been advised to take on Tony Ferguson in the octagon next

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Khabib has been advised to take on Tony Ferguson in the octagon next

“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.

 Conor McGregor returned to the octagon after a near two-year hiatus

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Conor McGregor returned to the octagon after a near two-year hiatus

"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.”

Khabib has been advised by UFC chief Dana White to fight Tony Ferguson next and not McGregor.

His team also claim he will follow in the Irishman's footsteps by taking on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match.

 Khabib dominated the Irish superstar to retain his lightweight title in Las Vegas

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Khabib dominated the Irish superstar to retain his lightweight title in Las Vegas

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CONOR MCGREGOR has admitted that he lost "fair and square" to Khabib Nurmagomedov – but vowed never to make the same mistakes again.