Conor McGregor after UFC 229: ‘We lost the match but we won the battle’

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On Saturday night, former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon after two long years away, where he attempted to reclaim the UFC lightweight belt from undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. This mission did not go as McGregor planned.

Instead, the Irish MMA star was soundly walloped en route to a fourth-round submission loss. Just like that, his hopes of reclaiming one of his two UFC titles were dashed.

Unfortunately, that’s not where the bad news ended for Conor McGregor either. Shortly after the contest had drawn to a close, Khabib Nurmagomedov leapt out of the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis. In an instant, McGregor was involved too, brawling with several of Nurmagomedov’s teammates in the cage. It was a bad look for everybody involved.

Despite this unfortunate series of events, Conor McGregor seems to be in good spirits. Post-fight, he assured that he’ll be back, and that he looks forward to a rematch with Nurmagomedov.

Then, early on Monday morning, he took to Twitter to assure that, although he didn’t win his fight with Nurmagomedov, he feels he and his team won the battle. Perhaps more importantly still, however, is that he assured his war with the Nurmagomedov is far from over.

As he said in at the UFC 229 pre-fight press conference, there will never be peace between him and his arch rival.

“We lost the match but won the battle,” Conor McGregor said on Twitter. “The war goes on.”

What do you think the future holds for Conor McGregor after all the chaos of UFC 229? Do you think we’ll see him fight Khabib Nurmagomedov again in the future?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/8/2018.