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Even when Conor McGregor loses, he wins. In this case, a ,000,000 purse. Last week, the notorious Irish trash-talker tapped out in the fourth round of his much anticipated fight with undefeated lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, only to be attacked by two of Khabib’s training partners, while Khabib vaulted the octagon fence and attacked Conor’s training partners.
Some argue they had it coming—Khabib had been severely provoked on the night and in the 6 month lead up. However, anyone entering the world of UFC and its associated promotional duties should have a thick enough skin and expect to trade verbal (as well as physical) barbs. In light of this, Khabib’s post match antics have been condemned by pretty much everyone except Vladimir Putin. Oh and his ,000,000 purse has been with-held, pending an investigation into his behaviour, which will likely result in a fine, a lengthly suspension, and possibly even result in him being stripped of his title.
Dana White said, “I don’t even know what to say right now, I’m just disgusted and sick over it,” while lightweight rival Tony Ferguson said what the rest of us were thinking, “He (Khabib) should have just took his win, (and) took his belt, like a man.” He’d already proved Conor’s claim that he would knock him out in the first round false, proved that his shit talking couldn’t put him off his game, had everyone on his side against the cocky Irishman—then threw it all away.
So, apart from the rogue Russian making him look good by comparison, why does everyone still love McGregor? The following quote, we believe, sums it up: “I am cocky in prediction. I am confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat.” This is what Conor said at the UFC 178 post-fight press conference, and whatever you think about his obscene self promotion and deliberately offensive (and hilarious) insults, no-one can dispute that he knows how to win—and lose—with dignity.
When he lost to Nate Diaz, this is what he had to say, “I have a lot of respect for Nate. He came in at short notice. He was efficient. I was not… I hit too much arms. These things happen. I learn. I grow. It is what it is.” Then, although it gets overshadowed by cheeky posts like this, when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in his debut (Floyd’s last) boxing match he said, “Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match.”
“Very experienced and methodical in his work,” he continued. “I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position.
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