Conor McGregor deatils what went wrong against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

At this point in time it’s safe to say that Conor McGregor is one of the most popular mixed martial artist on the planet. What’s even more accurate is to say that he is one of the more enigmatic figures in recent pop culture history, dominating the interwebs with not only his pre-fight talk, but his extracurricular activities outside of the cage.

His most recent bout against rival Khabib Nurmagomedov saw Connor McGregor take a one-sided loss to the dominant champion. While many aren’t clamoring for a rematch between the two, Conor McGregor insists that he has the recipe to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov.

After a fight it’s always easy to speak on what you would have done better if you were given the opportunity. After all hindsight is 2020. But Conor McGregor’s latest interview, with world renowned motivational speaker Tony Robbins, could potentially clear up a great deal of things about the first bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Conor McGregor not only speaks about the strategy that was formed to compete against Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he also details why this the tactics didn’t work. Conor McGregor goes even further why detailing an injury that he suffered a head of his bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

 “Obviously the injury — the injury itself led me to, I had to half my work,” said McGregor. “I couldn’t road run anymore. I wasn’t [fully prepared]. My weight was too high. So when you’re cutting weight, if I can’t get my weight down because of injuries or what not, I have a more intense weight cut. So I was severely dehydrated. I didn’t sleep for 48 hours before the weight cut.”

McGregor goes on to discuss the tactics involved during the training camp leading to the bout.

“My whole approach in that camp — the injuries, the non-commitment, even the game plan, the tactics — I attack, I am an attacker and my attack defends. In this camp, the entire focus was defend, defend.

“So every round we would start in the training, I’d have my back against the fence. I’d have my back on the floor. I would always put myself in a vulnerable position and as the camp went on, we just became defensive, defensive. That’s never been what I do.”

While the average layperson will most likely criticize what Conor McGregor is stating here, injuries do occur in training camp and if these injuries prevented the former champion from performing as he usually would, then a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov could potentially play out differently. That’s not to say that Conor McGregor will win in a rematch, but it at least creates the speculation that would allow for viewers to tune in. That’s just good marketing.

Whether you believe him or not, Conor McGregor is unapologetic in this new interview with Tony Robbins. Take a listen to the full interview and come to your own conclusions.

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