WATCH: Conor McGregor salutes Eddie Alvarez in gracious post-fight interview

“He's a good man, good solid fighter, nothing but respect."

WATCH: Conor McGregor salutes Eddie Alvarez in gracious post-fight interview

Dual-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor is regularly accused of arrogance by critics and his comments in the immediate aftermath of victory yesterday appear to reinforce that view.

Moments after beating reigning champion Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight title, McGregor said the other fighters in the UFC were “not at my level”

He continued: "I have spent a lot time of time slating everyone in the company. I have ridiculed the entire roster and I just want to say from the bottom, I want to take this opportunity to apologise...to absolutely nobody!"

But hours later he showed a very different side when discussing the fight.

Asked if he was surprised it went to a second round, he answered: "No, I knew he was tough.

“I was thinking "how many smacks could he take?" But he's tough. He's a tough, tough dude and he's fought all over the world, so I've nothing but respect for him.

“I know it's probably a rough one on him and his team but he came, nothing but respect for him, we touched gloves pre-fight.

“He's a good man, good solid fighter, nothing but respect. But it's my night tonight."

A salutary reminder that the headline-grabbing image McGregor projects to keep himself in the public eye is far from the full picture of the athlete.

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