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Conor McGregor has posted a lengthy statement to his social media regarding his defeat to Dustin Poirier and his future plans.

The Irishman came up short to Poirier in the second round of their UFC 257 main event a couple of weekends ago, with much being placed on Poirier’s gameplan of attacking McGregor’s lead leg en route to a win — a gameplan McGregor himself is quick to acknowledge and praise.

After taking some time to examine the defeat, however, McGregor has pledged he will meet Poirier with adjusted tactics and prove which of the two of them is the better fighter.

“With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there. I was in second gear cruising this fight,” McGregor wrote. “Best condition I’ve ever been in. After the wrestling and clinch exchanges, my shots still held their pop. First time for me with this so I am very encouraged to keep going. It was the first time I did not use/nor need the stool between rounds also. I did need the stool after two that’s for sure. As well as to this day loads and loads of Tidl Sport recovery spray. This stuff is truly magic by the way! All the swelling, bruising, and pain on my leg has literally vanished using it! Try this stuff if you are in pain or banged up. Doesn’t work? I’ll personally refund you. THIS STUFF IS MAGIC! Tidl Sport! Plant based cryotherapy spray. FIRST AND ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND. Magic! I am extremely happy I did not need to use the stool between rounds here anyway. Another first for me! I am most certainly on the right path. Despite the loss, I am on the correct path of evolution.

“Thoughts on the bout: I enjoyed racking up some more time inside the famed UFC Octagon. 40 seconds in 3 years is all I’d had up to this bout. I was savouring every second and enjoying my work. A little single disciplined in my approach and stance with mostly boxing. It’s what I get for picking this bout and opponent as a precursor to a boxing match against Pacman. I deserved to get the legs kicked off me going in with this thinking. This is not the game to play around with. Besides this tho my shots were sharp and I was in full control. Albeit the leg attacks were building up on me throughout the course. 18 in total thrown at me, with the final one buckling my leg fully, that was that. The peroneal nerve compromised. Fascinating! First time to experience it. Then a tremendous finishing flurry by my opponent. Hats off! A well-fought fight by The Diamond.

“1 a piece now with a Trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting! Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be. This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”

It may well remind fans of McGregor back in 2016, where he lost to Nate Diaz in their first bout, before re-examining his approach to the contest and winning the rematch just a few months later.