Pics: Defeated Conor McGregor puts on brave face for fans at Las Vegas after-party
UFC champion Conor McGregor was down but not out as he mingled and posed with fans at his after-party in Las Vegas.
‘The Notorious’ was bitterly disappointed after he was forced to choke out in the welterweight clash with Nate Diaz, admitting to reporters afterwards he was “heartbroken”.
Struggling to stay in the fight, McGregor took it to the mat, but it was a move that backfired in stunning fashion as he suffered more punishment from the heavy-hitting Diaz.
A black belt in jiu-jitsu, Diaz slipped behind him and applied the choke hold that finished the fight, silencing the thousands of Irish fans for the first time on the night.
McGregor’s after-party took place in the aptly named ‘Surrender’ nightclub, with the bruised Dubliner posing for selfies and mingling with the large number of fans in the music venue.
While attention focuses now on McGregor’s title defence, the 27-year-old said in the immediate aftermath the loss was hard to accept.
"I'm simply heartbroken and that's it," he told reporters.
"I thought I took him in the first round. I'm humble in victory or defeat. I took a chance to move up a weight and it didn't work."
Surrender Nightclub sent us these after-party photos. Call me crazy, but I think McGregor will survive this setback. pic.twitter.com/UKN8k4ZnIb— Dann Stupp (@DannStupp) March 6, 2016
Diaz for his part was able to pinpoint the exact moment that McGregor quickly devolved from faltering to all out desperation; a clear sign the end was imminent.
“I put a knee in his stomach and heard him go huuuh. Then he started shooting for a takedown and I was like oh you’re a wrestler now. Remember, I’m the black belt in jiu jitsu, and you’re shooting on me now; you and me know this is a wrap,” he said.