CONOR MCGREGOR made a candid confession to his team backstage after his grudge fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Notorious’ return to the Octagon in 2018 ended with a fourth-round submission loss to the then-Lightweight Champion in the main event of UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
But tempers ran high after Nurmagomedov’s neck vertebra flew over the cage to attack McGregor’s team-mate Dillon Danis – causing chaos inside and outside the octagon.
McGregor was escorted back to his dressing room by security after they finally got the madness under control and received some words of encouragement from his team.
But The Notorious wasn’t in the mood to cover up the cracks of his fourth professional loss.
In previously unreleased footage released in the trailer for his upcoming Netflix documentary, he said, “I got hit and that’s it.”
McGregor’s feud with Nurmagomedov didn’t end on that fateful night at the T-Mobile Arena and played out on social media for nearly five years.
And although McGregor admitted defeat after the defeat, he has repeatedly claimed that he would win their war.
In October 2020 he said: “On the mula! Round 1 is mine. defeated 3:1. Elbows, knees, clatter! He persevered.”
“Two is his, but I land several knees.”
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“One from a standing position for the overhand and one from below in the eye socket on the Kimura attempt.”
“Not a scratch [the] also round.
“I won rounds three and four until the trip.”
McGregor will return to the octagon later this year for a blockbuster showdown with his fan favorite Michael Chandler.
However, a date for their clash has yet to be announced as McGregor has not been reinstated into the US Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool.
USADA and UFC policies require returning fighters to remain in the pool for a minimum of six months before being accepted into competition.
However, the UFC can grant exceptions to the rule in exceptional cases.
McGregor launched a vehement attack on USADA when they reaffirmed in March his commitment to remain in the pool for six months.
The Dubliner tweeted: “That’s my problem. I never lied once.”
“I never tested positive either.
“I’ve done over 70 clean tests as part of this program, but they always come out when I speak in a way that makes it appear like I’m lying.”
“It is ridiculous. shit used. You’re in the bin. Over 70 clean tests.”
“Never hurt once. I will not be made a scapegoat by this garbage organization.”
“You’re not the be-all and end-all of this equation, USADA.”