Conor McGregor recalls moment he "bottled" chance to beat Nate Diaz
McGregor was choked out by his bitter rival four years ago before exacting his revenge five months later in their rematch.
Diaz sprung a shock in their first meeting having stepped in to replace the injured Rafael dos Anjos at a week's notice.
But McGregor claims he opted not to follow through with a kick to Diaz's thigh minutes before he tapped out to suffer his first defeat in the UFC.
"I actually chose not to follow through with this kick in this exact moment," he wrote on Instagram.(Image: Instagram/ConorMcGregor)
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"The sensation felt horrible and I backed out of following through with it. Fight would have been stopped no doubt though.
"I'd the angle on the led it primed to snap. I bottled it but it felt too nasty, even for me. Fast forward a few minutes later and I'm on the deck getting strangled; mad game.
"I'm still not for making these kicks illegal though, you've got to protect your angles and your footing and that's it - deal with it.
"They are horribly nasty kicks though."
McGregor had stepped up to welterweight for the first time to face Diaz and succumbed to fatigue having dominated the early stages.(Image: Getty Images)
Diaz seized his chance to sink in a rear-naked choke to pull off an impressive upset.
McGregor retired earlier this summer for the third time in four years but could yet be tempted back by a rematch against Nurmagomedov.
Diaz, meanwhile, has fought just twice in the last four years, beating Anthony Pettis before losing to Jorge Masvidal.