Conor McGregor opens up on poor preparation for Khabib Nurmagomedov defeat

Conor McGregor has admitted he was in far from perfect condition for his clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Irishman challenged for the lightweight title in 2018 but was choked out in the fourth round.

Nurmagomedov's victory looked to have settled the rivals' bitter feud but McGregor has his sights set on a rematch.

He returned to the UFC for the first time since that defeat when he stopped Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in January.

And as the sporting world waits in limbo for the coronavirus crisis to be tackled, McGregor has no doubt his preparation contributed to his downfall.

"I will admit that the fight before UFC 246, I did not train properly and was not in perfect condition," he told Bleacher Report.

"I will simply say I was not fully prepared. It proves that anything can happen in the fight game.

"You can trust that I will not make the same mistakes next time. I came out well, and in an instant, things changed. It's as simple as that.

"Call it what you want. I am hungry today. Hungry like a man who has not eaten for weeks… when I set my mind to something, there is nothing I can not accomplish. It is that power of belief that makes up the winners."

McGregor could return to the octagon on July 11 in Las Vegas against Justin Gaethje with the winner earning a shot at the winner of Nurmagomedov's next title defence against Tony Ferguson.

"I am willing to fight anyone and have proved that time and time again. I look for a good scrap, and if it isn't going to be that, I have no interest," the Irishman added.

"I will be in the Octagon again soon and fully expect to box again. You will need to stay tuned, but trust me – the fans will enjoy. Giving them what they want and entertaining them is important to me."

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