Conor McGregor claims he was already suffering from small fractures in his leg prior to his UFC 264 main event bout with Dustin Poirier.
McGregor says that he entered the cage with multiple “stress fractures” in his shin. The former two-division champ also claims that UFC president Dana White and the head UFC doctor were aware of his injuries.
It’s an interesting claim to make, especially considering McGregor’s strategy at the beginning of the fight was to throw leg kicks early and often. But alas, here’s what he had to say.
“The leg is better than ever,” McGregor said in a video on Instagram. “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.”
McGregor was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning and will continue his recovery at home. Dana White said that he expects the brash Irishman to return to action next year.
With the second consecutive loss to Poirier, McGregor dropped to 3-4 since beating Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship in 2016. McGregor has won just one fight in the past five years and is just 1-4 in the UFC at 155-pounds.