- Conor McGregor has accepted that he deserved to lose to Dustin Poirier.
- McGregor said he was looking past Poirier and to a lucrative bout involving Manny Pacquiao.
- After his defeat, he now wants a trilogy bout with Poirier to settle their rivalry.
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Conor McGregor has accepted that he deserved to lose his January fight against Dustin Poirier at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
McGregor won the opening round of the lightweight match by throwing a variety of shots including punch combinations, head kicks, and elbows.
He even landed the shoulder strikes he perfected in his bout with Donald Cerrone last year – ones that bust the American’s face open.
Unfortunately for McGregor, however, he came unstuck in the second round, hindered by Poirier’s unrelenting kicks to his calf, and was shellacked against the fence.
Eventually, he was beaten to the canvas, knocked out cold, bleeding from the nose.
Since the loss, the former two-weight UFC champion has been spending time with his family on board a $4 million yacht off of the coast of Dubai.
In an Instagram statement Wednesday, McGregor analyzed his performance against Poirier and put forward ideas as to where he felt he went wrong in his last match.
"[I was] a little single disciplined in my approach and stance with mostly boxing," the Irishman said. "It's what I get for picking this bout and opponent as a precursor to a boxing match against [Manny Pacquiao].
"I deserved to get the legs kicked off me going in with this thinking. This is not the game to play around with."
He continued: "Besides this though my shots were sharp and I was in full control. Albeit the leg attacks were building up on me throughout the course.
"18 in total thrown at me, with the final one buckling my leg fully - that was that. The peroneal nerve compromised. Fascinating! First time to experience it. Then a tremendous finishing flurry by my opponent. Hats off!"
In his Instagram, McGregor went on to express his excitement about a possible third fight against Poirier, with both men now having one fight against the other.
"A well-fought fight by The Diamond. One apiece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting!
"Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I'd be lying if I said this wasn't meant to be."
Defeat to Poirier saw McGregor's pro MMA record retreat to 22 wins (19 knockouts, one submission, and two decisions) against five losses.