Conor McGregor is humble in defeat, but pulls no punches
MANILA, Philippines - Conor McGregor isn’t hiding from the world after his loss to Nate Diaz.
The confident Irish mixed martial artist took to Instagram after submitting to Diaz’s rear-naked choke in the welterweight non-title main event of UFC 196 on Sunday, March 6.
McGregor summed up his loss in two words.
“Shit happens,” said the UFC featherweight champ McGregor, who suffered his first loss in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and his third overall.
“I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot.”
I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot. Shit 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 your 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 fuck the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. Its 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 you are a pussy. Dos anjos you are a pussy. 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.
McGregor, whose brash defiance has seen him challenge retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and virtually everyone under (and not under) the sun, is being humble in defeat.
“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,” the post continues.
McGregor has much to be happy about despite the loss, becoming the first UFC fighter to make $1 million in disclosed purse money before pay-per-view and sponsorship incentives.
McGregor says he would meet Diaz again, but had a few choice words for Jose Aldo, who called him out for a rematch on Twitter after he lost, and Rafael Dos Anjos, the lightweight champ he was supposed to fight initially before he withdrew with an injury.
“Aldo you are a pussy. Dos anjos you are a pussy,” McGregor continued.
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