Conor McGregor insists he beat ‘pitiful’ Khabib Nurmagomedov by TWO ROUNDS before signing up for their iconic fight at UFC 229 as the Irishman breaks down the fight for fans
Conor McGregor has insisted that he won his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov by two rounds before signing up at UFC 229.
The Irishman finished in the fourth round of their lightweight title fight two years ago, before the blockbuster bout was marred by clashes between the two fighters’ teams in and around the octagon.
The bad-blooded feud will go down in UFC history for its controversy, violence and dramatic drama – and McGregor believes he had Khabib right where he wanted him for the ‘trip’ in the fourth.
Conor McGregor claims he beat Khabib Nurmagomedov before signing up at UFC 229
Many fans believe that Khabib was in complete control of the fight, winning both rounds one and three before emphatically knocking his foe with a rear naked chokehold.
However, McGregor believes he actually won the first and third rounds, handing the second over to the Dagestan champion.
When a fan claimed on Twitter that McGregor had been ‘torn apart’ by Khabib, the 32-year-old replied, ‘I won the first round. It fell three to one here. Elbows, knees, clatter. He held out all round. He won round two.
This round had the kimura attempt you’re talking about. I kneaded it here with full force in the socket of his eye and broke the grip completely. A beautiful shot! I also won three and four until the trip. ‘
McGregor broke off the fight on Twitter, where he claimed he was winning by two rounds
Fans asked McGregor about the fight before responding with a round-by-round breakdown
Another fan backed up his claims by saying a ‘motivated’ McGregor would have won, to which he replied, ‘On the mula! Mine from round 1. Out 3-1. Elbow, knees, clatter! He persisted.
“Two is his, but I land with multiple knees. One from standing behind the overhand, and one from below in the eye socket on a Kimura attempt. Also no scratch. I won round three and four to the trip. ‘
The two-time champion then posted a photo of himself against the cage, saying, ‘Yeah, no scratch. Relaxed before I got up and bet his brother and his cousin around. ‘
McGregor is now preparing to return to the octagon and fight Dustin Poirier for the second time in his career, with the fight set to take place on January 23.
Khabib (left) knocked out McGregor once, scored three takedowns before winning the fight
McGregor also believes he won fourth until he had to submit to UFC 229
McGregor claimed he ‘relaxed’ on the cage after his defeat in the main draw
Talks of a highly anticipated rematch between McGregor and Khabib appear to be on the cards, with the Russian admitting that a second fight would be ‘worthwhile’.
Khabib revealed he will be keeping an eye on McGregor, but said there will be no rematch between the two if he fights welterweight.
The Russian told the Mike Swick podcast: ‘If he beats him (Dustin Poirier) in 155, that makes sense. But if they fight in 170, how can you fight in 170 and then the next fight is in 155.
‘They want to make everything easy. If you want to do it the easy way, you’ll never earn a title shot again.
‘Remember before I fought him, I said’ I’m going to humble you and I’m going to put you on the line ‘and now, after 2 years, people understand my words.
Khabib refused to rule out a rematch with McGregor if he beat Dustin Poirier at welterweight
Former UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre has been linked as Khabib’s future opponent
‘I’m going to put him on the line and I’m going to make the decision. If he fights 170, bye. ‘
Khabib will defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 this weekend, while looking to extend his perfect record to 29-0.
He admitted he would consider withdrawing from the fight if he reached 30-0, but it has yet to be decided who he will fight after Gaethje.
A rematch with McGregor is a possibility, while UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has been linked with a comeback to fight Khabib.