Conor McGregor Releases First Statement Since UFC 229 Loss
Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor didn’t get the chance to say anything after UFC 229 Saturday night.
McGregor tapped to a neck crank applied by Khabib Nurmagomedov in their main event from Las Vegas. What happened after left both fighters being escorted out of the arena and into the backstage area.
Nurmagomedov went after members of McGregor’s fight team, while teammates of the UFC lightweight champion stormed the Octagon to attack McGregor. It was a nasty mark on an event that was widely viewed and followed.
During the post-fight press conference, Nurmagomedov attended and released a statement, but McGregor did not. Instead, he posted a simple message on Twitter.
“Good knock,” he wrote. “Looking forward to the rematch.”
Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
The loss was the second in the UFC career for McGregor, adding to a submission defeat he suffered vs. Nate Diaz. “Notorious” returned from that setback to claim a majority decision over Diaz in the rematch.
UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor Results
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Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor via submission (neck crank) at 3:03 of Round 4 to remain UFC lightweight champion
Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Dominick Reyes def. Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov via KO (strike) at 4:49 of Round 3
Michelle Waterson def. Felice Herrig via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)
Jussier Formiga def. Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Vicente Luque def. Jalin Turner via KO (strike) at 3:52 of Round 1
Aspen Ladd def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (strikes) at 3:26 of Round 1
Scott Holtzman def. Alan Patrick via KO (elbow) at 3:42 of ROund 3
Yana Kunitskaya def. Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nik Lentz def. Gray Maynard via TKO (head-kick/strikes) at 1:19 of Round 2
Tony Martin def. Ryan LaFlare via KO (head-kick) at 1:00 of Round 3