Less than 24 hours after suffering the first defeat of his UFC career, Conor McGregor is firing back at the critics who have taken shots at him since being submitted by Nate Diaz on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The fight was originally supposed to be for the UFC lightweight title until champion Rafael dos Anjos suffered a broken foot that forced him off the card.
Following the loss, McGregor had to deal with fallout from several fighters, including former featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who reveled in his defeat and now he’s firing back while refusing to apologize for taking a chance even if he came up short.
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"I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot," McGregor wrote on Instagram. "(Expletive) happens. I’ll take this loss like a man. I will not shy away from it. I will not change who I am. If another champion goes up 2 weights let me know.
"Aldo you are a (expletive). Dos Anjos you are a (expletive)," McGregor wrote. "When the history books are written, I showed up. You showed up on Twitter."
Following McGregor’s post, dos Anjos issued a response of his own — on Twitter.
How come after a performance like that you call somebody a pussy?You showed me and the world that you don't deserve to fight for 155 belt
While McGregor said that he was heartbroken over the loss to Diaz, it’s not going to deter him from doing the same things he’s been doing that made him the highest paid fighter on the UFC roster.
He plans on cashing in more big checks, bringing in more revenue and laughing all the way to the bank.
"If you’re tired of me talking money, take a nap. I’ll still be here when you wake up with the highest PPV and the gate. Still talking multi 7’s," McGregor wrote.
"Thank you to the true support and (expletive) the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. It’s still steak for breakfast. I’ve been here many times in my life in some form or another. I’ll eat it all and come back stronger."
McGregor closed with one final piece of advice for his supporters while also sending a small message to Diaz after their battle on Saturday night.
"To the fans! Never ever shy away from challenges. Never run from adversity. Face yourself head on," McGregor said.