Conor McGregor has defended his defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov yesterday by insisting he had warned everyone that a loss was entirely possible.
The ever humble and self-effacing Irish MMA fighter was defeated by the superior Russian in the fourth round.
“I never really thought I would win, I just thought it would be a lovely evening out,” he told reporters and thousands of disappointed fans today.
“That is why I was so keen at every stage of the build up – all the conferences and at the weigh-in – to stress that the victory would most likely go to Khabib. As I said many times, he is the superior fighter, and most likely to win at the end of the day. Nice fella, too.”
McGregor was congratulated by Khabib’s team for his magnanimous words following his fourth-round loss.
He added, “The best man won, like I said he would. This is why my lifelong motto has always been ‘It is not the winning, it is the taking part that counts’ and yesterday just proved that. I had a great time.
“I just hope that no-one put any money on me to win, especially after all the time I spent telling you I would most likely be the loser.”
Conor McGregor’s trainer added, “Conor’s problem has always been that he doesn’t have the arrogance and aggression needed to win.
“We’ve tried making him as violent as we can but he’s just too timid and lacking self-confidence to win these big fights.”