We lost the match but won the battle, claims McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor before unwelcome scenes marred UFC 229, and the Irishman claims he "won the battle".

Conon McGregor looks exhausted after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Conor McGregor claims he "won the battle" despite defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov as the Russian remains in hot water over the scenes that followed his UFC lightweight title defence.

Nurmagomedov's fourth-round rear-naked choke saw McGregor submit in Saturday's fight, but his victory was immediately overshadowed as he left the cage in the direction of the Irishman's stable-mate Dillon Danis, prompting a melee while the beaten fighter tussled with others in the octagon.

The mayhem was condemned by UFC president Dana White, who suggested the Nevada State Athletic Commission could strip Nurmagomedov of his title as it continues to withhold his share of the purse.

Meanwhile, McGregor took to Twitter in the aftermath to suggest he wanted a rematch, before again referring to the incident in a post on Monday.

"We lost the match but won the battle," the Irishman claimed. "The war goes on."