UFC featherweight MMA champion Conor McGregor faced one of the most high-profile bouts of his entire career when he finally submitted to Nate Diaz’ rear-naked choke in the second round last Saturday.
Even though McGregor still has the featherweight belt, which he will likely need to defend according to Dana White, the epic loss against Nate Diaz symbolizes the first fatality of his soaring career and fast-growing stardom.
A lot of people are wondering whether this loss would change McGregor. It looks like the defeat isn’t enough to change McGregor on who he was.
“I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot. I’ll take this loss like a man. I will not shy away from it. I will not change who I am. If another champion goes up 2 weights let me know. If your tired of me talking money, take a nap. I’ll still be here when you wake up with the highest PPV and the gate. Still talking multi 7’s,” McGregor wrote.
27-year old McGregor was submitted at the 4:12 minute of the second round after Diaz rocked him on his feet, forcing him to throw a shot on the jiu-jitsu black belt. Diaz quickly took advantage of the opportunity and mounted McGregor from behind, and finishing the featherweight champ with punches and the choke.
McGregor now has a record of 19-3 while Diaz has a new record of 19-10.
“Thank you to the true support and f–k the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. Its still steak for breakfast. I’ve been here many times in my life in some form or another. I’ll eat it all and come back stronger,” McGregor said.
As for those who are criticizing McGregor and rejoicing on his MMA loss, here’s what he had to say:
” [Jose] Aldo you are a pussy. [Rafael] Dos anjos you are a pussy. When the history books are written, I showed up. You showed up on Twitter. To the fans! Never ever shy away from challenges. Never run from adversity. Face yourself head on. Nate I will see you again,” McGregor said.