Conor McGregor Always Wants to Finish, Says UFC Fight Night 26 Win Felt Like a Loss

August 20, 2013
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Conor McGregor FS1 Workout 2-478x270UFC featherweight Conor McGregor defeated Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 in a one-sided unanimous decision, but the victory felt like a loss to the brash Irishman.

“It feels like a loss to me to be honest.  I wanted the finish and I felt the finish was there for me,” said McGregor during the event’s post-fight press conference.

“I don’t come here for decisions.  We are rewarded for finishes, and that’s what I’m looking for.  I am a finisher,” he said.  “Right now it feels like I’m dealing with a loss.”

The decision was the first in the Irishman’s 16 professional bouts.

McGregor arrived in the UFC in April with a lot of hype and on an eight-fight winning streak.  His nickname “Notorious” suits him well.  Despite the hype and the emergence as a quickly rising star, McGregor is his own worst critic.

“I hype myself up big.  I hype myself up so big that everyone else hypes me up, but nobody critiques me more than I critique myself,” he said.  “I plan on stealing the show every time.  I plan on finishing everyone, anyone.”

McGregor injured his knee during the second round of the fight with Holloway and had to make adjustments, but he didn’t use the injury as an excuse for not finishing.

“I injured my knee halfway through the second.  I just can’t get it out of my head, but looking back I should have just pulled my knee from my leg and hit him with it,” he said.

The severity of the knee injury is unknown.

“I heard a big pop and I let out a scream mid-round, but I passed into side control with it.  When we stood back up I was unsteady on it,” said McGregor.

UFC president Dana White indicated that the promotion plans to send McGregor to a specialist for evaluation.

“We’ll probably need to fly him out West and get his knee looked at by real good guys and then see what’s up with him,” said White.

McGregor is hopeful that the injured knee will not require surgery.

“Hopefully not.  I don’t know.  It’s the outside of the knee, so usually that kind of pressure takes about six weeks, but I don’t know.  Only time will tell,” he said.

Injury aside, McGregor wants to get back in action sooner rather than later.

“I come out to finish every time,” he said.  “Let’s get the next one in because I’m ready to whoop somebody real quick.”

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  • George Sperry

    I like him, but there is a little too much Diaz Brother in his “in ring” actions.
    I hope his knee heals quickly.

    • b-soc

      Absolutely agree 100% on the Diaz in ring action. I hate that. Actually, I hate any kind of showboating, even when the great Anderson Silva does it. Given the hype around him, I think he is highly overrated already. If everyone including the UFC thinks he’s all that, give him Chad Mendes. That will make or break him.

      • Sir_Roy

        I think throwing him in with the big fish too soon is bad business. At the least, it’s risky business. Give him one or two more “feeler” fights. Build his hype … because that sells cards and piques interest.

        • Sacartisticball

          Agreed! I just hope he dosen’t become overconfident.

        • Hugh Shakeshaft

          Yeah let play around in the kiddy pool before entering deep waters. Just a couple more fights with those ranked between 10th and 20th. That said, it makes what Bones Jones did that much more impressive.

    • Sacartisticball

      I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one that hate that kind of atittude and I didn’t really knew I’m but in that fight he look like the third Diaz brother whit bether striking of course.

  • james j

    Love the Irishman

  • Sir_Roy

    He’s got a bit of Brock in him, a splash of Bisping brashness, wrapped in a strange sort of GSPesque charisma, or likeability (minus the pretty boy schtick).

    Very marketable personality. No wonder Dana’s giving him the royal treatment. Smart business.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      Dana promotes the witty.

    • Werdoomb

      not really.

      Unlike Brock, the dude does not have wrestling or any other type of martial arts pedigree.

      Unlike Bisping, he is not a main event guy.

      And why would anyone compare this kid with GSP?

      I don’t like showboaters, and I particularly hate C level fighters showboating.

      Just wait until this “Irish” Connor gets KTFO and released from the UFC.

      • The Best Eva

        You have the worst fighter hating garbage posts, you spew crap about how so and so are always done or they suck, just shut up with that crap.

        • Werdoomb

          Fighter hating garbage? WTF? I respect fighters. Go read my other posts on fighter pay. I think fighters should be treated better and respect them for putting on a great show.

          This Connor kid is a horrible example of Dana’s media propaganda. Dana does this once in a while with mediocre fighters.

          Connor is another TUF noob fighter, a dude that does not come from any specific martial arts pedigree but that has picked up MMA at local MMA gyms. Fighters with this type of background burn out quickly in MMA. Just go look at each and every top fighter out there. Virtually all of them went through serious training in one discipline before transitioning into MMA.

          Connor is just another weird hype train created by Dana for purposes of promoting in Boston.

          • MMA

            How can you know so little? They were talking about this guy LONG before Boston. Just because you only found out about him recently doesn’t mean he hasn’t been a name and a potential up and comer for a long time. Stop being so arrogant.

          • Lucas Freire

            Please, don’t jump onto the hypetrain so fast.
            LONG before Boston? He had a KO over Brimage. That’s it. On his second fight, he didn’t put up to what he sold against a great guy that is Holloway, but that is in no way a top10 fighter.

          • shakejunt

            seems your gripe is with dana

        • BobGyro


      • Kbroesq

        The comparisons he was making all related to out-of-the-cage characteristics of those fighters.

        Everything you’re saying to dispel the comparison has to do with in-the-cage characteristics. Yes, we’re aware he’s not like Brock because he doesn’t weight 300 pounds either. He’s also not French, so how could he possibly be like GSP!?

  • KungFuPanda

    Keep putting your hands down kid and very soon somebody with real punching power and speed will make you take a nap. Hopefully you keep your attitude in check because you have talent and have a bright future if you do.

    • Kbroesq

      I have to agree. This guy is far too cocky. He’s very talented, no doubt (and Holloway is no joke), but when I heard him at the post fight presser, I thought, “this guy is going down hard at some point.”

      When you start looking at good quality wins like they are losses and being disappointed, you’re setting an impossible standard for yourself. Holloway is a beast and his record doesn’t show it. He took his first UFC appearance on short notice against Porier (and I might add was schooling Porier on the feet). He got multiple 10/8 rounds against Schilling, KO’d Lawrence, a quality striker; should have got the not against Bermudez (another beast who is improving as fast as anyone) and should have got a unanimous win against Garcia.

  • BobGyro

    Average Irishman nothing special but the Irish get so excited over anything these days. Connor is average at best.

    • The Best Eva

      He’s a good up and comer you know far less than you seem to think.

      • BobGyro

        Gyro is an expert

        • The Best Eva

          lol alright.

        • Sacartisticball

          No Gyro is very average, I repeat very average.

        • Darin

          You should be banned for referring to yourself in the third person.
          As for Conor, I never heard of this dude before he fought Max and I don’t get the hype. Of course I don’t understand the whole “proud to be Irish” thing either.

          • Guest

            He’s Dana’s new Bisping, I guess.
            He had a good KO win against Brimage,a decision against Holloway, and is egocentric.
            There, you have a overhyped fighter who has potential to get big wins and sell big fights

        • onehitwonder

          No, gyro is a bigot

    • Werdoomb

      This is 100% correct.

      Connor is just another mediocre fighter that the UFC and Dana nuthuggers decided to hype up. Rick Story, Travis Lutter, virtually every TUF fighter that flopped are other examples.

      • shakejunt

        lutter mounted silva in round 1, was that hype-induced?

  • BobGyro

    Gotta respect a guy who admits he put on a terrible performance

    • Werdoomb

      not really.

      Dana didn’t like the performance. Fans didn’t like the performance. He doesn’t have the leverage to say good things about himself. Out of self-interest, Connor admitted his poor performance.

      • MMAMA

        He injured his knee… what more do you want? HIs fight with an injured leg was better than Aldo’s.

        • BobGyro

          you like the penis whaaa?

  • BobGyro

    Connor go beat up the Brits taking all your Irish woman.

    • Darin

      Have you seen the women of Ireland? I would imagine Irish men are more than happy to let others take them.

      • BobGyro

        +20 ya the Irish were never known for their beautiful women

  • Advance*

    I’ve liked everything about him until he started saying this stuff in the post-fight press conference. He wasn’t close to a finish before the injury and it’s just disrespectful to Holloway to say that not finishing him feels like a loss. I think he was trying to preempt the negativity by criticizing his own performance before anyone else could. He’s going to be fighting the best guys in the world so he needs to start being more realistic and stop playing to the crowd so much. We get it, you want to be entertaining.

  • BobGyro

    Connor the potato head is an average fighter due for a short MMA career in the uFC

  • BobGyro

    Conor is really English

  • BobGyro

    Conor is very average but so is Ireland. Where the Irish ladies graze with the sheep.

  • BobGyro

    The best Irishman is just an average Englishman.