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Published: 11:24 | 6/3/16

'No regrets' for McGregor

Irishman at peace with welterweight decision

Conor McGregor insists that he has no regrets about stepping up to welterweight, following his defeat to Nate Diaz.

The Californian recorded the featherweight champion’s first loss in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas on Saturday night, submitting the Irishman with a second-round rear naked choke.

Conor McGregor insists that he has no regrets about stepping up to welterweight, following his defeat to Nate Diaz.

McGregor, who was initially set to take on lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos before the Brazilian suffered a broken foot, says that he would not change his decision to fight Diaz at welterweight.

"It is what it is,” McGregor mused. “I was fighting a heavier man.

"He could take a shot and remain in your face. In the second, I was hitting glove. He stayed in my face, capitalised on it. I make no excuses - I took a chance, I came up short.

"I’ve no regrets about coming up - absolutely not. I enjoyed the build up. It was an enjoyable fight. We were talking in there.

“We live and we learn. I haven’t been stopped in a long time.”

McGregor claimed the first round, chiefly through typically accurate boxing, and also bossed the early stages of the second.

However, as Diaz began to land flurries and combinations, the stunned Dubliner aimed a take-down at his opponent in an attempt to survive.

McGregor, though, found himself below his rival whilst being pounded with punches, before Diaz took the Irishman's back and finished the battle with an inescapable choke.

Despite insisting that he did not regret the decision to fight at welterweight, McGregor did admit that the defeat had left him “heartbroken".

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