Sixteen days after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor spoke to his followers via a long Instagram post detailing why he believed the fight went the way it did.
The Notorious One admitted in his statement that Khabib won the first two rounds and even went as far as to call the second round the worst of his MMA career. He then proceeded to state that it was a “critical error” that resulted in Khabib locking in a neck crank and subsequently ending the fight.
To conclude his statement, Conor spoke about what he believes may be next for him. It appears that the former Champ-Champ understands he may not be in line for an immediate rematch against Khabib.
He said: “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.”
The next opponent for McGregor remains to be seen. But there are a couple names that Conor himself has thrown into the conversation. The Notorious One made an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show at the beginning of the month, days before his 229 lightweight title bout. On the show he began to channel his inner “Mystic Mac” and looked to his future, discussing potential opponents for himself after Khabib. The Irishman is still eyeing up a rematch against Floyd Mayweather, be it in the ring or the Octagon.
“If he (Mayweather) has the bottle to come over and deal with this, like he said he has, let’s see what happens. I would also like to box him again. Everything is being discussed. Every rule set. If it’s not an MMA bout, then I don’t want to know. It’s either a straight MMA bout or a straight boxing bout. If they come looking for modified rules, I would rather just box the kid again. If you don’t want to deal with it, then don’t deal with it and stop going on like you’re doing.”
Along with a second contest with Mayweather, Conor McGregor is also acknowledging the other talent in his own division, speaking very briefly about taking on the winner of the co-main event of 229, which we now know is Tony Ferguson, but for the moment it seems like El Cucuy will have a fight with Khabib scheduled for a FIFTH time.
McGregor then spoke to Helwani about taking on the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, but for now at least, neither of those fights seem very likely. Lastly, Nate Diaz had his name thrown into the mix as Conor said:
“Nate Diaz will always have a rematch off of me. No matter what happens, I will always give that man his rematch. He gave me a rematch, I give him a rematch. That’s the way it is. When it will happen, I don’t know. We will complete that trilogy, no doubt about it.”
It’s undoubtedly an awkward phase for the Irishman as to where he goes next, but one thing is for certain. Wherever he goes, his millions of followers, his millions of haters, and a barrel-load of controversy are sure to follow.