Conor McGregor didn’t run out of the Octagon Saturday night after his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196.
The reigning featherweight champion stood inside the cage, shook hands with Diaz and admitted he made a mistake.
McGregor, who was set to challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title, instead fought Diaz at 170 pounds. He previously was a featherweight and lightweight champion in Cage Warriors.
“I took the chance going to 170,” he said. “I will face (the loss) like a man and come back an do it again.
“I am humble in victory or defeat. Nate was efficient and I wasn’t.”
McGregor started out hot in the first round, peppering Diaz with lefts and rights. He left the former UFC title contender bloodied, but was caught with a shot on the chin in the second.
Sensing he needed to survive the round, “Notorious” tried for a takedown and was met with the jiu-jitsu of Diaz.
“I felt I took him in the first, but I wasn’t efficient,” he admitted. “I wasn’t efficient with my energy. I hit too much with the arms. These things happen.
“I took a chance and it didn’t work out.”