Thursday 22 February 2018

‘Nate I will see you again’ – Conor McGregor vows to bounce back from shock defeat

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Conor McGregor says he has no regrets about stepping up two weight divisions to face Nate Diaz and has vowed to come back stronger.

The UFC champion was choked out in the welterweight bout at UFC 196 and insisted he had no regrets over stepping up to 170lbs to face Diaz.

‘The Notorious’ took to social media tonight to offer further thoughts on his unexpected defeat and again had sharp words for Jose Aldo and Rafael Dos Anjos.

“I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed,” he posted on his Instagram account.

“I will never apologize for taking a shot.

“Sh** happens.

“I'll take this loss like a man. I will not shy away from it. I will not change who I am. If another champion goes up 2 weights let me know.

“If you’re tired of me talking money, take a nap.

“I'll still be here when you wake up with the highest PPV and the gate. Still talking multi 7's.”

“Thank you to the true support and f*** the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. It’s still steak for breakfast.

“I've been here many times in my life in some form or another. I'll eat it all and come back stronger.”

Aldo, who lost his undefeated professional record to McGregor in December, took to Twitter to taunt the Dubliner in the aftermath of his defeat, was the subject of more barbed comments from the champion.

“Aldo you are a pu**y. Dos Anjos you are a pu**y.  When the history books are written, I showed up. You showed up on Twitter.

“To the fans! Never ever shy away from challenges. Never run from adversity. Face yourself head on.

“Nate I will see you again.”

The Crumlin native suggested earlier that if he defends his title he would be prepared to take on the winner of Diaz versus Dos Anjos, who he expects will fight for the lightweight crown next.

Asked whether he had regrets about stepping up to 170lbs, he said: "Absolutely none. I enjoyed the whole experience.

"The fight was a fun fight, he stayed in there, we talked, we were verbal. It was an enjoyable fight. I would have liked to have been more efficient.

"We live and we learn."

His emotions were summed up with one comment.

"I'm simply heartbroken and that's it."

Following a week of trash talk between the two, a stunned McGregor was somewhat humble in defeat in the immediate aftermath.

"I thought I took him in the first round. I'm humble in victory or defeat," he said in the octagon after the fight. "I took a chance to move up a weight and it didn't work.

"I thought I landed with some good punches that got him off," a delighted Diaz said. "I started off slow but I'm faster than anyone later on. My jiu-jitsu is always there for me."

“These things happen. I’ll learn, I’ll grow. It is what it is. I’ll face it like a man, like a champion. I’ll come back and do it again’

A win against Diaz would have left McGregor in the enviable position of being able to take on Robbie Lawler for the welterweight belt, or fighting Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title.

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