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Conor McGregor: 'Respect to Khan' for moving up to fight Canelo

Amir Khan suffered a nasty KO loss to Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night, but UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor respects Khan for accepting the fight in the first place.

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Amir Khan's biggest fight of his career ended with the heaviest KO loss he's ever received (and probably will ever receive). Canelo Alvarez uncorked a vicious right hand in round 6 that sent Khan to unconsciousness before his head violently crashed against the canvas.

For Khan, who was an underdog ranging from +275 to +472 at fight night, it was an unsuccessful attempt at moving up two weight classes (welterweight to the bare minimum requirement to make middleweight), and he's probably going to head back to 147 for a very long time. It's not as if Khan was getting dominated prior to the KO, he was actually up on one judge's scorecard and most ringside observers felt that he was getting the better of the Mexican star after 5 rounds. Of course, Canelo opted to leave the judges out of this and bring us the presumptive 2016 KO of the Year winner.

There is a certain UFC featherweight champion who has commended Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) for the surprise move up to middleweight to fight the WBC champion, and I suppose he knows a thing or two about going up in weight and then losing in dramatic fashion....

I know, I know, McGregor's fight with Nate Diaz was on short notice with Diaz not having a full camp, thus his situation isn't really a like-for-like comparison with Khan. Conor did, of course, have his sights on fighting Robbie Lawler prior to the Diaz defeat.cGregor is currently eyeing an immediate rematch with Diaz, again at 170, although it won't be happening at UFC 200. No word on whether or not it will take place before or after his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. *wink wink*