Conor McGregor provides injury update, claims he had ‘stress fractures’ in his leg going into UFC 264

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MMA Fighting 15 July, 2021 - 11:05am 9 views

On Saturday, McGregor suffered an ugly injury—later diagnosed as a broken tibia—that ended the main event in the first round when a doctor determined that McGregor could no longer continue after his left leg buckled following an exchange of strikes. The former two-division champion underwent surgery on Sunday and it’s expected that he will be out of competition for the remainder of 2021.

McGregor took to Instagram on Thursday to provide an update on his condition and claimed that he actually entered the Poirier fight with stress fractures in his leg. He also claims that Dana White and the UFC were aware of this and that the fight almost didn’t happen.

“The leg is better than ever,” McGregor said. “I was injured going into the fight. People are asking me, ‘When was the leg broke? At what point did the leg break?’ Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew, I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage.

“There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring without shin pads and I would kick the knee a few times. So I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle and then I have trouble with the ankle anyway throughout the years of f*cking fighting all the time. And I also was rapping me ankle every training session.”

It’s unclear at what exact point McGregor’s injury occurred during Saturday’s fight. At the evening’s post-fight press conference, Poirier wondered if it might have happened when he checked one of McGregor’s kicks, while Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick mentioned on Twitter that it may have occurred when a McGregor front kick resulted in his ankle striking the point of Poirier’s elbow. The injury was most evident when McGregor took a fateful step back near the end of the round and his lower leg visibly contorted.

UAccording to McGregor, leg pain affected him so much in camp that he had to develop new strategies in training, some of which actually benefited him at

“I even done a lot of training sessions when the ankle was sore, I still wouldn’t stop training,” McGregor said. “I used to just train on me back and that’s how I developed those ground-and-pound shots from the back. That’s why Dustin backed away from me when he was on top of me and I was landing the upkicks and the elbows.

“It’s a horrible place to be in when you’re against someone like me. It takes so much effort to try and land shots from your top position and while you’re trying to do that and you’re losing your energy and you’re getting lumped at with downward elbows and vicious upkicks. It was a skill I developed because I had the damaged leg and I had to adjust me training.”

Though McGregor, who turned 33 on Wednesday, is expected to be out of action for a considerable length of time, he is already seeing a silver lining to his injury. Had it not happened, he believes he never would have addressed his ongoing leg issues.

“I needed to get treatment on my leg,” McGregor said. “I needed to get treatment on the ankle and I needed to get treatment on my shin bone and I would have never committed to going under the knife unless something like this has happened. So something like this has happened, I’m going in and getting exactly what I needed and what I needed was a titanium shin bone. So now I’ve got a titanium rod down the knee, from the knee to me ankle and the doctor said it’s unbreakable.”

“Then I’ll start playing with the balance, learning how to stand on it again,” McGregor continued. “Learning how to balance on the single leg again. Then I’ll build the strength. Then I’ve got an unbreakable titanium leg. I was talking to my physical therapist who was with Arnold Schwarzenegger and I was like, ‘I’m like Arnie in Terminator 2.’”

A few days removed from surgery, McGregor admitted that the process has been more taxing on him than he expected. While his initial reaction to the procedure was entirely positive, he’s since received a reality check as far as how difficult the journey to a comeback will be.

“I came out of the surgery and I was feeling very euphoric,” McGregor said. “The job was done, it was a great job that was done and I was like, ‘Yes, I’ve got this. This is gonna be easy. I can do this no problem.’ And then I hit a wall, I’m in a lot of pain, me mobility is gonna be like this for a while. It’s not gonna be a few days or even a few weeks, it’s gonna be a bit of time.

“I know there’s gonna be ups and downs on this journey that I’m gonna be on and I’m aware of them now and I’m just a bit more happy and bit more accepting of it. I’m motivated to keep going.”

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Conor McGregor 'should SACK John Kavanagh immediately' says Michael Bisping after UFC 264 verdict

Daily Mail 15 July, 2021 - 02:16pm

By Will Griffee For Mailonline

Conor McGregor should cut ties with his long-time coach John Kavanagh, according to Michael Bisping. 

McGregor suffered a broken leg at the end of the first round of his UFC 264 main event against Dustin Poirier and the doctor stopped the fight, meaning it goes down as a TKO win for the American. 

'Diamond' had the better of the opening stanza and dominated despite a fleeting guillotine attempt and some early strikes landed for McGregor. 

Conor McGregor (left) was struggling against Dustin Poirier (right) before the leg break

Michael Bisping, the first British UFC champion, rubbished McGregor's coach's verdict

After the fight, McGregor's long-time coach John Kavanagh insisted he was please with how it was progressing and was not concerned, words that Bisping took exception to. 

The pundit and first British UFC champion told BT Sport: 'Just like his coach John Kavanagh said, he said "oh, I saw nothing that concerned me. I knew that in the second round we were getting the knockout. Nothing else in there concerned me at all." If that’s true, John Kavanagh, Conor should fire you immediately.

'That was very concerning, you were on your back and you were getting dominated. It was a 10-8 round, that’s concerning. 

'You don’t want to get your ass kicked, simple as that and that was what was happening.

'The leg break was unfortunate. But, as I say it gives McGregor an excuse or a reason as to why the fight ended. 

McGregor and Kavanagh have worked together since the very start of his MMA career

'If that didn’t happen, come on the odds of him turning it around and finishing Dustin in the second round when round one is supposed to be Conor’s best round, it wasn’t good. It wasn’t a good performance.'

After the fight, Kavanagh, who has overseen McGregor's rise from relative unknown to UFC superstar, said in an interview with Laura Sanko: 'I wasn’t concerned at all, I was actually really, really happy.

'And I knew what I was going to be saying between rounds. I was just going to tell him to keep doing what he was doing with the kicks and try to close a bit heavier this time. 

'So we’d be looking to, rather than exchange punches, to slide back and left hand like he did on Aldo. Look for those kinds of techniques. 

Kavanagh has been heralded as one of the great minds of the sport down the years 

'Slide back left cross, slide back left uppercut, and kind of let Dustin fall into that kind of open space.

'At the 4:30 mark, everything’s gravy. Energy looked good, technique looked good. 

'A few adjustments between rounds and I thought we were on track to getting a finish there or at least keep going, keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight.'

Despite the sour taste left in the mouth from the nature of the finish, Poirier will move on to fight the champion Charles Oliveira in his next fight.

McGregor has been hit with a medical suspension until 2022 and has already undergone successful surgery on his broken leg. 

He can return earlier than the suspension dictates with special permission from a doctor.  

McGregor faces a long road to recovery and the lightweight division will move on without him

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