Did Conor Mcgregor break his leg?
Conor McGregor had stress fractures in his left leg prior to getting injured in UFC 264, the star fighter said Thursday. "I had multiple stress fractures in the leg above the ankle," McGregor said in a video on Instagram. ... The Irishman broke his leg while fighting Dustin Poirier in UFC 264 on Saturday. The AthleticConor McGregor had stress fractures in leg before injury in UFC 264
16 July, 2021 - 12:00pm
16 July, 2021 - 12:00pm
Although he remains one of only two men to ever take a round from the Dagestani phenom, Conor’s emphatic loss to arch nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov prompted similar cries that the man was now incapable of recapturing the magic that'd made him into the biggest star in MMA history.
Now, after two consecutive losses to Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier, a man that he'd handily trounced seven years prior, Conor's place in the ever-evolving world of mixed martial arts and combat sports as a whole is as tenuous as it ever has been.
Rendered a betting underdog as he entered the octagon, Conor’s frenzied display at UFC 264 was a startling reminder that he is no longer as untouchable as he once was. Where he’d previously defeated Poirier and other opponents, such as perennial featherweight great Jose Aldo, with his aura and aptitude for trash talk-- before they even stood across from him-- the Conor of 2021 is now trying to win via guillotine chokes and shooting for takedowns just days after claiming that he only counts knockout losses and illegally holding Poirier’s glove to allow him to land upkicks.
Having previously outlined his philosophy as "cocky in prediction, confident in preparation but always humble in victory or defeat," the Conor of today has turned into a more villainous character, who will berate his opponents and threaten to kill them and their family in their sleep in the wake of a loss. But other than the wounded pride or shattered leg that he suffered this past weekend, what the fight and its fallout has made clear is that neither his physical being nor his public image are as impervious to damage as they once were.
To understand this, we must compare and contrast McGregor at the height of his fame and popularity to the man that we see now. After making upwards of $100 million from his glorified exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather in August of 2017, Conor would embark on a period of increased estrangement from civilized society and the discipline that’d made him a star.
The UFC ultimately decided not to take any further action, perhaps dissuaded by the dollar signs in reach-- and a title fight between McGregor and Khabib was scheduled for UFC 229. Despite losing in the fourth round via submission, the fact that McGregor’s wayward behaviour had played a role in creating the most purchased pay-per-view card in the company’s history would ensure that he was still given carte blanche to do what he wanted.
No matter which of the two personas you believe to be an act, it is evident that this loss changed Conor McGregor and has festered inside him to the point that it has all but revoked the folk hero status he once carried. Where Dana was once happy to make concessions or excuses for his leading export, he’s now quick to condemn Conor’s decision to attack Dustin’s home life and claimed that “family has nothing to do with it” while onlookers both well-known and otherwise deemed the fallout from the main event to be a new “low” for The Notorious.
"After multiple losses like that, you tend to sit on your hands and shut up. We’re not seeing that. We’re not seeing the silence, we’re not seeing the humility. There’s a position where you get smashed sometimes and you have to accept that as a fighter. That is part of why we do martial arts, is to accept the losses and the wins and grow from them. When you don’t accept these losses, how do you grow? How do you fill the gap?”
With McGregor’s focus deviating from championships in order to center on an obsessive thirst for revenge, Cruz’s comments suggest that if he doesn’t pause to take stock, The Notorious could end up not only chasing the losses on his record, but the loss of himself along the way.
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16 July, 2021 - 12:00pm
McGregor admits he's been on a roller coaster of emotions since the gruesome injury occurred ... sometimes feeling "euphoric" -- and other times feeling down in the dumps and in pain.
Conor says the broken leg wasn't Poirier's doing ... McGregor says he had previous injuries -- "multiple stress fractures" -- that led to the nasty break.
The Notorious also says the broken leg bones will actually end up being an advantage when he returns to the Octagon ... 'cause the "unbreakable" titanium rod is staying put in his leg.
"I'm like Arnie in Terminator 2!"
Conor McGregor was released from a Los Angeles hospital ... just days after surgeons used a rod, plate and screws to fix The Notorious' broken leg.
TMZ Sports talked to Dana White ... who updated us on McGregor's status.
"I think they just released him right now from the hospital about 10, 15 minutes ago."
We broke the story ... McGregor underwent successful 3.5-hour surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon.
Doctors surgically placed an intramedullary rod in the tibia ... and attached a plate and screws to the fibula.
Count the UFC prez as a believer ... 'cause Dana told us he expects McGregor to return to the Octagon.
"He'll be back in a year."
As for Conor's immediate plans ... White says the UFC superstar will spend some time recovering in SoCal.
"He'll be in L.A. for a little while. I don't know if he's gonna fly home, or what he's gonna do."
FYI, today is Conor's 33rd birthday ... and being released from the hospital ain't too bad a present.
15 July, 2021 - 01:20pm
The Irishman broke his left leg in the first round of his trilogy fight with Poirier on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old has since been released from hospital and in a six-minute video on Instagram, he revealed his shin was fractured BEFORE the fight.
As he cruised around on a scooter in California, McGregor said: "I was injured going into the fight. People are asking me, 'at what point did the leg break?'
"Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr Davidson the head doctor at the UFC, they knew my leg had a stress fracture going into that.
"They were debating pulling the thing because I was sparring with no shin pads, and I kicked a knee a few times.
"I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle. And then I have trouble in my ankle anyways throughout the years through fighting all the time.
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"Also, I was wrapping my ankle every training session. When the ankle was sore, I still wouldn't stop training - I used to just train on my back.
"And that's how I developed those ground shots from the back, that's why Dustin backed away when he was on top of me. And I was landing the up-kicks and the elbows, it's a horrible place to be in.
"It was a skill I developed because I'd the damaged leg and had to adapt my training... I needed to get treatment on the ankle and shin-bone, and I would never have committed to going under the knife unless something like this happened.
"What I needed was a titanium shin bone and now I've got a titanium rod from the knee to the ankle. The doctor says it's unbreakable. Once I keep building back, playing with the balance, then build the strength - and I have an unbreakable titanium leg.
McGregor is expected to be out for a year while he recovers.
McGregor had defeated Poirier via first-round TKO at UFC 178 in 2014, but the American evened the score with a second-round TKO at UFC 257 in January.
It meant the rivalry was perfectly poised heading into their trilogy bout in Las Vegas, and it was Poirier who would emerge victorious.