In the weeks and days leading up to his much-anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor put up multiple Instagram posts per day. From posts about his preparations for the fight to posts that included him talking trash to Mayweather, McGregor seemed to document every move he made.

 

A beautiful skull and a beautiful belt to add to my collection of skulls and belts.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:57pm PDT

But since losing to Mayweather on Saturday night, McGregor has been noticeably absent from Instagram. He didn’t put up a single post on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. But he finally broke his silence very early Thursday morning with a lengthy post that featured him thanking everyone in his camp for helping him prepare for his fight with Mayweather.

 

Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:21am PDT

In the post, McGregor talked about how much work went into preparing him for a 12-round fight. He said that "getting to 12 rounds alone in practice" was the most challenging thing about trying to get ready for the match with Mayweather. And he suggested that, if he had a little bit more time to train, he feels as though he could have "made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight" without wearing down like he did.

McGregor also gave props to Mayweather in his IG post. He congratulated him on a "well fought match," wished him well in retirement, and conceded that Mayweather is a "solid fighter" despite his previous comments about him. And at one point in his post, he also hinted that, if Mayweather wanted to make the jump from boxing to MMA and fight inside the Octagon, he thinks he would actually surprise some people.

"Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position," McGregor wrote. "He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure."

Some fight fans have argued that Mayweather and McGregor should have a rematch but that, this time, Mayweather should be forced to step into McGregor’s arena, where McGregor would have the upper hand.

And while it seems highly unlikely that Mayweather would ever even consider it, McGregor seems to think it could be slightly more competitive than some people think if it ever happened.

McGregor ended his post by writing, "Onto the next one!" It will be interesting to see where he goes from here now that the Mayweather fight is behind him.