Khabib Nurmagomedov responds to Conor McGregor’s analysis of their fight

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Khabib Nurmagomedov responded to Conor McGregor


‘It’s only business’: Khabib Nurmagomedov responds to Conor McGregor’s analysis of their fight with the same three words the Irishman said to him in the octagon

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov has responded to Conor McGregor’s fight assessment
  • McGregor admitted he was ‘beaten fair and square’ by the Russian on Instagram 
  • The Russian replied to a UFC post of a McGregor picture with: ‘It’s only business’

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has responded to Conor McGregor’s assessment of their lightweight title bout at UFC 299 by insisting ‘it’s only business’.

McGregor admitted he was ‘beaten fair and square’ by the Russian in Las Vegas on October 6 in a lengthy post on Instagram on Tuesday.

The Irishman tapped out in the fourth round of their fight which was followed by a mass brawl that led to both men receiving temporary suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Khabib Nurmagomedov responded to Conor McGregor's assessment of their UFC 299 fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov responded to Conor McGregor’s assessment of their UFC 299 fight

Commenting on a UFC Instagram post of McGregor, Khabib simply replied: 'It's only business'

Commenting on a UFC Instagram post of McGregor, Khabib simply replied: 'It's only business'

Commenting on a UFC Instagram post of McGregor, Khabib simply replied: ‘It’s only business’

McGregor, who has spoken of his desire for a rematch in social media posts since the event, broke his silence about the fight itself in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He wrote: ‘Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position.

‘Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure.

‘I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line.’

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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all ❤

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Khabib met with Russian boxing chiefs to discuss fighting Floyd Mayweather on Tuesday

Khabib met with Russian boxing chiefs to discuss fighting Floyd Mayweather on Tuesday

Khabib met with Russian boxing chiefs to discuss fighting Floyd Mayweather on Tuesday

Nurmagomedov’s reply was a lot shorter and he needed just three words to get his message across. The Russian simply said on an UFC post of McGregor: ‘It’s only business’.

That was the same message McGregor delivered to Nurmagomedov in the octagon during their battle for supremacy at T-Mobile Arena.

A money-spinning crossover fight between Nurmagomedov and Floyd Mayweather appeared to be a step closer on Tuesday after the MMA star met Russian boxing chiefs for discussions over a potential showdown in Moscow.

Khabib called out the former five-weight world champion in the wake of his victory over McGregor and has teased supporters by revealing that he has held talks with both Mayweather and boxing chiefs, who believe they can attract 100,000 fans to the Luzhniki Stadium and break all-time Pay-Per-View records. 

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