In October of last year, Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0) successfully defended his UFC lightweight championship against Conor McGregor (21-4) via fourth-round submission in the main event of UFC 229 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In that fight, Conor McGregor was thoroughly outclassed by the Russian star for full four rounds until he was submitted by the way of rear naked choke. McGregor didn’t look like his usual self in that fight. Not only was McGregor dominated on the ground, but he was also outboxed on numerous occasions during stand-ups as well.
Now in a recent interview to Tony Robbins, the Irishmen reveals that the “game plan and tactics” against Khabib Nurmagomedov were wrong and he is now regretting his defensive approach during the UFC 229 super fight.
McGregor said: “My whole approach in that camp, the injuries and the non-commitment, the game plan and even the tactics.
“I’m an attacker. And my attack defends. But in this camp, for some reason, the entire focus was defence, defence.
“So in every round of the training, I would have my back against the fence. I would have my back on the floor. I would always put myself in a vulnerable position.
“As the camp went on, I just became defensive, defensive. That’s never what I did. It still irritates me to this day because the training partners I had – I trained with heavy people, 90-plus kilos.
“When we were wrestling, I broke my foot. It’s like a horse. Like a f***ing horse. I’ve got another American, Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, that trains with me and was 200 pounds. They’re big, big boys.” (H/T – thesun.co.uk)
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