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Khabib responds to McGregor’s lengthy Instagram post: ‘It’s only business’

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On Monday, UFC star Conor McGregor gave an in depth analysis and round-by-round breakdown of his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which he lost via fourth-round submission in the blockbuster UFC 229 main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. 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 ❤

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McGregor didn’t mention what he said to Nurmagomedov at the end of round three, but ‘The Eagle’ was keen to remind the former two-division champion in a witty Instagram post of his own.

Khabib left a comment on the UFC’s official Instagram page claiming that his beat down of McGregor at UFC 229 was ‘only business’, which is what ‘The Notorious’ told Nurmagomedov in a grappling exchange in round three.

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After Khabib submitted McGregor with a face crank in the fourth round, the reigning lightweight champ leapt over the Octagon fence and attacked SBG Ireland’s Dillon Danis in the stands, which triggered an all-out brawl inside the Octagon.

McGregor and Khabib are expected to meet with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) later today, where both men face possible sanctions for their actions. Nurmagomedov still hasn’t received his $2 million fight purse.

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