It's been almost four months since Conor McGregor was handed his first UFC defeat by Nate Diaz, and it seems he's still recovering from that night.
“To see the way that last fight happened, I can’t live with it. I need to isolate myself and come back and get my revenge,” McGregor said to MMAJunkie.com.
He says that he and his coaches underestimated his opponent, Nate Diaz, who was coming into the fight with just over a weeks notice to fill in for an injured Rafael dos Anjos.
“It was kind of like, ‘Ah, you’ll just hit him once and he’ll go down and then we’ll carry on with the journey and get ready for the dos Anjos fight," said McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh to MMAJunkie. "Because that’s important. Then that loss made us all take a step back and re-evaluate things."
According to Kavanagh, McGregor was already analyzing his loss via an illegal stream of the fight on someone's phone in the locker room.
“I’m working my nuts off for this rematch,” McGregor said at an event honoring his coaches new book. “The reason why we don’t pay too much attention to the opponent is because they always pull out, but I know Nate is going to show up."
The pair are meeting for their 170 pound rematch at UFC 202 in August.
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