CONOR McGregor was stripped of the lightweight title last April due to inactivity.
Ireland’s first UFC belt holder was given the opportunity to reclaim the last October in the main event of UFC 229, where he locked horns with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor came up short in his bid to become a two-time lightweight champion, suffering a fourth-round submission loss to his successor atop of the division.
A few weeks removed from the fight, McGregor partly attributed his fourth career loss to him being too focused on his defensive grappling and poor preparation.
And in a recent Instagram post, ‘The Notorious’ doubled down on that stance.
“For some reason though, I went into camp and focused solely on defense,” he wrote. “I trained to disengage. To Anti grapple. To Avoid.
“I disrespected my own attacking game and became a stranger to it. I allowed outside influence filter into my own thinking.
“I can pull a dead horse out of a ditch if I latch around its head why would I not snatch up the neck?
“Why would I disengage? Why would I avoid anything?”
With the benefit of hindsight, McGregor insists he won’t make the same mistake when preparing for a rematch with Nurmagomedov, should one come to fruition.
“I don’t know what I was thinking back then,” he continued. “But I am thinking clear now. I will not make that mistake again.
To say McGregor is hellbent on reclaiming the lightweight throne would be somewhat of an understatement.
The Irishman seems more motivated than ever and seemingly has his heart set on dismantling all the top contenders in the 155lbs division – much like he did during his run to featherweight gold – before challenging for the title again.
Before McGregor can return to the Octagon, he must first finish serving the suspension he received for his part in the brawl which followed his UFC 229 loss to Nurmagomedov.