Conor McGregor is confident he can avenge his defeat by Dustin Poirier – if he can learn to defend against his rival’s calf kicks.
McGregor struggled to deal with Poirier’s tactics in their rematch last month and was eventually stopped in the second round.
The Irishman was left on crutches as he hobbled out of his dressing room to attend his press conference.
And he admitted he was not prepared for the onslaught from a man he had knocked out inside two minutes seven years earlier.
“With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there,” said McGregor. “I was in second gear cruising this fight [and was in the] 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 tho that’s for sure.
“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.”
McGregor was fighting for the first time in over 12 months having been out of action since beating Donald Cerrone in 2020.
Before that 40-second demolition, he had been sidelined for 15 months after he was choked out by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
And the former two-weight world champion wants an immediate trilogy bout with Poirier – for the lightweight title.
The belt is still held by Nurmagomedov despite him announcing his retirement last October.
He is expected to vacate his title however, leaving Poirier in pole position to challenge for the belt for a second time.
And McGregor wants to be in the opposite corner in May to decide their rivalry.