Conor McGregor claims he has lost just ONE fight in his MMA career as the Irishman insists only knockouts count ahead of UFC 264 showdown with Dustin Poirier… despite being submitted FOUR times
- Conor McGregor has sensationally claimed he has lost just one fight in his career
- The Notorious, 32, meets Dustin Poirier, also 32, in Las Vegas on Saturday night
- McGregor was handed his first defeat by KO by Poirier on Fight Island in January
- The Irishman claims that is his only defeat, despite being submitted four times
- Khabib Nurmagomedov, who submitted McGregor, issued a chilling response
Conor McGregor has claimed that he has only lost one fight in his professional career, insisting that he ‘only counts knockouts’ despite being submitted on four separate occasions.
McGregor, 32, returns to action tonight as he bids to avenge his Fight Island defeat to Dustin Poirier, also 32, at UFC 264 in Las Vegas with the stakes high for the popular Irishman.
Poirier handed McGregor his only ever knockout defeat six months ago with a sensational performance at UFC 257, with the Notorious now in last chance saloon as he bids to regain his lightweight title.
Conor McGregor claims he has lost just one fight in his career, despite holding a record of 22-5
McGregor has won three of his last six UFC fights, having suffered defeats via submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz before his knockout loss to Poirier. He was also submitted by Joseph Duffy and Artemij Sitenkov at the start of his career.
Yet McGregor has sensationally maintained that his defeat to Poirier was the only time he has been truly beaten, claiming that submission defeats do not count.
‘My record in mixed martial arts competition is 19 wins and one loss,’ he boldly claimed to ESPN, despite the fact he holds an official record of 22-5.
The Irishman meets lightweight rival Dustin Poirier for a third time in Las Vegas overnight
Poirier handed McGregor his first defeat by knockout when they met at UFC 257 in January
‘I only count knockouts. I only count knockouts. Dustin’s record is 13 wins, two losses.
‘The only thing that’s final in this business is a knockout. All the other things – the decisions, the taps – all that s*** means nothing to me.’
McGregor is seeking a knockout victory in Sin City this weekend, and says he is prepared for Poirier’s tactics after the Diamond put in a kickboxing masterclass on Fight Island.
The Irishman noted, however, the Poirier’s decision to land a takedown in the early stages of the fight indicated weakness from his rival.
McGregor has been submitted four times in his career, including by Khabib Nurmagomedov
However, he has sensationally insisted that submissions and decisions ‘do not count’
‘He also shot for the legs 20 seconds in, almost as fast as the Dagestani (Khabib Nurmagomedov) did,’ McGregor continued.
‘The Dagestani shot for the legs for a takedown 15 seconds into the first round. Dustin was 20 seconds.
‘They know what’s what. They know the danger that they face. I understand they fight me afraid.
‘They dive for the legs. They try and stall positions. They shell up. They look to kick the legs.
Nurmagomedov has responded to McGregor’s outlandish comment with a chilling post
Nurmagomedov said there is ‘nothing better’ than mauling and tapping out his rivals
‘There’s things I’m aware of now, and I’ve made adjustments. I look forward to correcting it.’
Nurmagomedov responded to McGregor’s stance that only knockout wins and defeats should count on a fighter’s record, with a chilling comment posted on Instagram.
‘There is nothing better in this sport than bring your opponent to the deep ocean, let them know what they’re about, and let them tap,’ he said.
The Dagestani mauled McGregor during their 2018 grudge match before the Irishman tapped out in the fourth round of their lightweight title clash.