CONOR McGREGOR says he is ‘buzzing’ for the ‘trilogy on his hands’ against Dustin Poirier.
The UFC star fell to a shock defeat last month in a rematch – over six years after he had stopped the American in the first round.
But McGregor has tonight uploaded a lengthy caption on Instagram where he all-but confirms the two warriors will go at it for a third time for ‘all the marbles’.
And the triumphant Poirier appeared to confirm it too, as he tweeted: “You know we are going to do it a third time.”
Alongside a highlights video from the fight, former two-weight world champ McGregor wrote: “What a trilogy I now have on my hands. Exciting!
“With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there. I was in second gear cruising this fight. 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’s undoing in the rematch was constant kicks to his leg that saw him hobbling around on crutches after the fight.
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He attempted to explain just how the fight was won and lost.
The 32-year-old continued: “Thoughts on the bout: I enjoyed racking up some more time inside the famed UFC Octagon. Forty seconds in three years is all I’d had up to this bout.
“I was savouring very second and enjoying my work. A little single disciplined in my approach and stance with mostly boxing.
“It’s what I get for picking this bout and opponent as a precursor to a boxing match against Pacman.
“I deserved to get the legs kicked off me going in with this thinking. This is not the game to play around with.
“Besides this tho my shots where sharp and I was in full control. Albeit the leg attacks where building up on me throughout the course.
“Eighteen in total thrown at me, with the final one buckling my leg fully, that was that. The peroneal nerve compromised. Fascinating! First time to experience it.
“Then a tremendous finishing flurry by my opponent. Hats off! A well fought fight by The Diamond.”
Then came the heavy hint that talks are already well underway on finding out who will be their series victory.
McGregor, who was recently pictured fishing off his luxury yacht with his family, added: “One a piece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting!
“Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be.
“This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”
As a result of the defeat, McGregor saw a money-spinning boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao hit the buffers.
And YouTuber Jake Paul trolled McGregor saying that the $50million offer to fight was now ‘$10,000 cash’.