Conor McGregor Explains Why Khabib Defeated Him At UFC 229


After Conor McGregor’s notorious bus attack after UFC 223 press conference, he has secured his place as the number one contender. The spectacle was very real indeed it left Rose Namajunas, Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa injured by flying glass shards.

The became even more intense at UFC 229 when the champ Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor. Although, Khabib was able to clatter McGregor in generally consider a wrestler he dominated McGregor with a well right hand that brought down “The Notorious.”

Conor attacked at UFC 229 inside the cage

Conor attacked at UFC 229

The eventual neck-hold submission that Khabib beautifully executed on Conor did not mean it was the end of the action. The feud left the octagon and sparked a stadium-wide brawl which landed both fighter fines and suspensions.

Conor McGregor Want a Rematch Because He Wasn’t Ready

As to be excepted with Conor McGregor there always talk about a rematch with Holloway and Diaz now Nurmagomedov is the latest contender. Nonetheless, during a press briefing yesterday where Conor lambasted Joe Rogan, the Irishman took the opportunity to explain why he lost to Khabib and why he now wants a rematch:


“When there’s dispute, there must be a rematch,” McGregor said in a recent Q&A Session (transcript via “There was a dispute in my last one, I slapped his brother and his cousin on top of the cage, he [Nurmagomedov] tried to jump out and run. This is not over, so there’s dispute, there has to be a rematch.”

“That’s what I feel has happened here, I didn’t give him his respect, I marched forward, I didn’t give a sh-t, I got caught with that overhand,” the Irishman explained. “If I switched on, I would not get caught with that overhand in any form of combat. I’m very confident, very eager, very in shape, let’s keep it going.”

“Imagine almost dropping someone ‘cause he almost got me, but he didn’t drop me,” he continued. “I got to my feet, threw shots, threw a knee, and he shot for a takedown. Imagine almost dropping someone with a picture-perfect shot, a picture-perfect punch, and then shooting for the legs. You almost got the fight done and you shoot for the legs – stand up and fight.”

“He’s a formidable opponent, wrestled bears since he was a kid,” McGregor said of Khabib. “He’s put a lot of time in his standup work and it was a lot sharper than I anticipated it was going to be. I’ve got to respect that, it was his big moment.

“It’s easy to do this once, it’s very easy for someone to be given something and to do it just one time. It’s like you put your absolute all into it.”


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