Khabib Nurmagomedov admits he was ‘close’ to losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 242

Khabib Nurmagomedov produced a brilliant performance against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, but admitted he was close to tapping out against the American.

In the third round, Poirier had Nurmagomedov locked into a deep guillotine choke on the ground.

But Nurmagomedov managed to survive, before going on to choke Poirier out a minute later.

After the bout, The Eagle was asked about the guillotine and he responded by admitting it was close to making him tap.

“The only thing that was very close was the guillotine, Dustin’s guillotine was deep!” he said.

Poirier, who now has six losses to his name as an MMA fighter, spoke of the regret he feels at not being able to make Nurmagomedov submit.

“The guillotine was really deep,” he said.

“For the rest of my life I’m going to look back and wonder why I didn’t jump full guard with it.

“I should have jumped full guard so he couldn’t roll out and relieve the pressure.”

The Louisiana native also said that he was finding the loss extremely tough to deal with.

“I just feel like I let myself down,” Poirier said.

“Maybe there were times in there I could have done more. I’m sorry for anyone I let down with this performance.

“I just thought tonight I was going to fly back home to the United States undisputed world champ, so this really hurts.”

Nurmagomedov extended his unbeaten record to 28-0 with the win over Poirier and will likely face lightweight contender Tony Ferguson in his next bout.

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