Conor McGregor wants to continue his comeback in mixed martial arts (MMA).
The outspoken Irishman, who returned for the third time to his decision to quit, hopes to reunite with his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier on his return to the UFC on Saturday by taking a technical knockout for the first time in his career.
Afterwards, however, it was mainly about the rivalry between 'The Notorious' and Nurmagomedov, who suddenly announced his retirement at the end of last year.
The Dagestaan fighter tweeted after McGregor's defeat that "this is what happens when you change your team and replace the champion sparring partners with little kids".
"This says a lot about him, how he is behind his mask," said McGregor at the press conference following his defeat to Poirier.
"My team has been the same since day one. Why does he say such disrespectful things? Does he want to come back? He can't do what Dustin can do, every fight requires a different approach."
The 32-year-old Irishman again announced that he would like a rematch.
"If he wants to reinforce those words, I'm ready. Let's fight again, buddy. If he can do it that well, he should come back and try it for himself."
McGregor and Nurmagomedov faced each other in 2018 in the most watched UFC fight ever (2.4 million pay-per-views).
After the titanic battle, the situation outside the ring got completely out of hand (see video below), which resulted in both fighters being suspended.
This is what happened, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality.
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McGregor wants to get back into action quickly
Immediately after his defeat against Poirier, McGregor already indicated that he wanted to continue his comeback and want to take action this year, although he did not mention Nurmagomedov.
"Are you going to see me this year? Of course, I need activity. You can't get away with staying inactive in this world. I honestly don't know where I am at the moment. But I'll be back, that's for sure."
McGregor is confident that he will be back at top level soon, which he says he was not quite yet against Poirier.
"I've put a lot of work into it, but it's always difficult when you've been out for a while, especially against someone like Dustin. I have to turn this off and come back stronger."
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