UFC legend Conor McGregor insists he was beating Khabib before being submitted at explosive UFC 229 fight | The Sun
CONOR MCGREGOR insisted he was winning his explosive 2018 fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov before he tapped out.
The Irishman lost in the fourth round of the lightweight clash at UFC 229 on the memorable Las Vegas night.
The undefeated Dagestani star has now retired from MMA with a 29-0 record, but McGregor assessed each round of their encounter and says he was on course to win.
He insisted he won round one, round three and round four up until the 'trip'.
When a fan on Twitter claimed McGregor was 'mauled' by the Russian, he replied: "I won round one. Out struck him three to one here.
"Elbows, knees, clatters. He held on entire round. Round two he won. This round had the kimura attempt you speak of.
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"I kneed him full force into his eye socket here and broke the grip fully. A lovely shot!I won three also and four up until the trip."
Before he added: "Round 1's mine. Out struck 3-1.Elbow, knees, clatters! He held on.
"Two is his but I land multiple knees. One from standing after the overhand, and one from bottom into the eye socket at kimura attempt.
"Not a scratch end of round also. I won round three, and four until the trip."
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The former featherweight and lightweight champion also shared a picture of himself after the fight and wrote: "Ye, not a scratch. Relaxing before I bounced up and bet his brother and his cousin round."
A rematch was thought to be be on the cards and was something Khabib admitted 'makes sense'.
But the Russian hung up his gloves after victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
Notorious, 34, suffered a shock defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in his comeback fight in the cage in 2020.
The pair fought a rematch at UFC 264 in 2021, which Poirier was again victorious in, after McGregor was forced to quit after breaking his leg.
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