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Conor McGregor Releases First Statement Following Loss To Floyd Mayweather

Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. 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. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

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I know, I know. I’ve beaten this fight to death, much like Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor to death in the tenth round. I get it. There was just no way I was letting this statement go untouched. This right here is the real reason I like Conor McGregor. Sure he’s an awesome fighter, a great talker, and a fashionable fuck, but his champion mentality is what I take away from him the most. Saturday marks his second loss in combat sports since making it massively mainstream, and both have been handled with nothing but class and respect for his opponents. He fully acknowledges where he went wrong (conditioning) and explains that he plans to improve that and come back better than ever.

My favorite quote of his came when he was asked about how talented in mixed martial arts he was, and he said the following…

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

That has stuck with me since the second I heard it, and I’ve tried to apply it to my life every day. It’s a huge reason why I was relentless in emailing Barstool a few times a week for many years and ran a blog nobody read for over a year. I’m fully aware that I’m not the best wrestling blogger/podcaster out there, and don’t have the inside-baseball type mixed martial arts analysis some would expect of me, but god damn if I’m not putting in the time and watching tape to learn day after day…and that’s why I love Conor McGregor. His mentality itself is inspiring in all facets of life. This statement makes me damn proud to call myself a McGregor nuthugger.

0 shamrock 1, but 1 shamrock 0 in our hearts. We got a moral victory on Saturday.