Conor McGregor claims he was suffering from hairline fractures in his leg before UFC 264. McGregor’s leg ultimately snapped during the main event fight against Dustin Poirier which will leave him on the sidelines for the next year, and he said UFC president Dana White had knowledge of the injuries before the event.
During a recent interview, White discussed McGregor’s health and said that the former two-division champion has “chronic arthritis in his ankles.”
In fact, White revealed that McGregor asked the Nevada State Athletic Commission if he could tape his ankles for the pay-per-view clash, but ultimately decided against it. White’s comments came in an interview with Watters’ World on Fox News.
“(McGregor) has had ankle issues for (the) last couple of years,” White said. “He had asked if he could tape his ankles coming into this fight and he got clearance to do it from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and then he opted not to tape them. I don’t know why. He has chronic arthritis in his ankles.
“It’s going to take him a year to recover from this one before he can come back, so I don’t know. We’ll see. The fight game is a tough game and the kid has cemented a massive legacy for himself and made a lot of money. We’ll see how the rest of his career plays out.”
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.