NAC refutes Conor McGregor’s claims of pre-existing leg injury


Las Vegas Review-Journal 16 July, 2021 - 05:29pm 6 views

How did Mcgregor break his ankle?

Conor McGregor had stress fractures in his left leg prior to getting injured in UFC 264, the star fighter said Thursday. ... McGregor added that he had a titanium rod put in from the knee to the ankle. 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

The UFC superstar claimed he had stress fractures in his leg before he entered the cage to fight Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264.

If Conor McGregor truly stepped into the cage at UFC 264 with pre-existing stress fractures in his left leg, the Nevada Athletic Commission wasn’t aware of it.

“If we ever knowingly had information a fighter wasn’t fit to fight, we wouldn’t let them compete,” NAC executive director Bob Bennett told the Review-Journal on Friday. “It would go to a doctor and a doctor would make that decision as the expert.”

McGregor lost his main event bout against Dustin Poirier on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena by doctor stoppage after a gruesome break of his tibia in the waning seconds of the first round.

He underwent surgery Sunday in Los Angeles and was released from the hospital Wednesday, the day he turned 33 years old. McGregor released an Instagram video Thursday in which he attempted to refute any claim that Poirier had caused the injury.

“I was injured going into the fight,” McGregor said. “People are asking me, ‘When was the leg broke? At what point did the leg break?’ Ask Dana White. Ask the UFC. Ask Dr. [Jeff] Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage. It was debated about pulling the thing out.”

White declined comment through a UFC spokesperson on Friday. Davidson was unavailable.

Bennett couldn’t comment on any specific fighter, but did say normal procedures were followed for all 24 fighters who competed on the card.

That would include McGregor, like all the fighters, filling out a pre-fight medical questionnaire about any existing injuries or medical issues and an examination by a commission-approved doctor.

McGregor doubled down on his claims, posting a series of photos purporting to be from this training camp that showed his left leg and ankle in various stages of treatment from a taped ankle to a full wrap of the lower left leg.

He also teased a four-part Netflix documentary about his training camp that would presumably detail whatever injury he suffered during that time, though it wasn’t clear whether or not he was joking.

McGregor said during his social media video that he has needed to get his left leg fixed and the clean break gave him a reason to stop putting off treatment on the appendage.

“I would have never committed to going under the knife unless something like this happened,” he said. “So, something like this happened and I’m getting exactly what I needed, and what I needed was a titanium shin bone. Now, I have a titanium rod from my knee to the ankle, and the doctor says it’s unbreakable.”

His video was filmed while he rode in an electric cart on the sidewalk. McGregor said he would need six weeks on crutches before he can begin rehab.

The loss dropped him to 1-2 in three fights with Poirier, a rivalry McGregor said has not run its course.

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Nate Diaz calls out Dustin Poirier, Poirier responds

MMAWeekly 17 July, 2021 - 12:00am

After his first round TKO victory by way of doctor’s stoppage at UFC 264, it appears that Dustin Poirier is now in the line of sight of none other than Nate Diaz.

The two were originally scheduled for a lightweight fight at UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden, but Poirier was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Now, Diaz is looking for a scrap with Poirier at middleweight.

Not long after Diaz made his callout, Poirier responded.

I’d touch you up at any weight

Despite Diaz currently coming off of a unanimous decision loss to top welterweight contender Leon Edwards in a five round fight at UFC 263, the talk of the fight was Diaz wobbling Edwards in the fifth round.

Even coming off of a loss and a two fight skid, Diaz’s stock is still at an all-time high.

Poirier, on the other hand, is on a three fight winning streak.

After his second win of the year over McGregor at UFC 264, ‘The Diamond’ is undisputedly up next to challenge UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira for the belt. 

But if Poirier is more interested in a money fight, a fight with Diaz would certainly be more lucrative.

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