McGregor didn’t have his usual zip after jumping from featherweight (145lbs.) to welterweight (170lbs.), and the size differential appeared to take it’s toll on the Irishman, as he duly acknowledged.
“I was inefficient with my energy”, a solemn McGregor told Rogan.
“I took a chance going up the weight, it didn’t work out. Nate was more efficient. I respect him. These things happen. I learn, I grow. I’ll face it like a man, like a champion.
I am humble in victory and defeat.”
Indeed he was.
Anytime McGregor was victorious prior to today, his inimitable trash-talk would focus solely on his next target – the likes of Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo rightly received their due after their tussles with the Irishman.
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, McGregor has shown that it’s not all talk. He and Diaz embraced – in the end, two rivals bound by honour and respect.