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'Doubt me now!' - McGregor delivers message to fellow UFC athletes in post-fight footage

Hate to say I told you so…

UFC 202 Mixed Martial Arts Conor McGregor defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 202. Source: Isaac Brekken

THE BOOKMAKERS MAY have installed him as a slight favourite, but Conor McGregor was very much an underdog in the eyes of his peers for last Saturday’s rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.

McGregor scored a majority-decision victory over Diaz after five thrilling rounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, avenging his submission defeat to the same opponent in March.

However, an overwhelming majority of fighters and journalists — this writer included — tipped Diaz to emerge victorious in their pre-fight predicitions. McGregor had obviously paid attention to that consensus and it made the result all the sweeter.

Footage released by The Mac Life shows the UFC featherweight champion — on crutches due to damage sustained to his shin — returning to his changing room after the fight, with his coach John Kavanagh by his side.

It appears to be the sight of UFC middleweight title challenger Dan Henderson — who was one of those to back Diaz — which sets McGregor off. As he passes Henderson to his left, McGregor shouts:

They all doubted me. Every one of you doubted me. Doubt me now! Doubt me now! Doubt me now!”

Source: TheMacLife productions/YouTube

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