Conor McGregor suffered a severe leg injury in the trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. We have seen similar injuries before in the case of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. Both Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman broke their leg when their opponent checked the leg kick. However, in the case of Conor McGregor, there was no leg kick thrown right before the freak accident happened.
Now Dustin Poirier claimed during the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he checked McGregor’s leg kick early in the fight. And he felt that McGregor fractured his leg in that exchange.
If McGregor’s leg broke after Dustin Poirier checked his kick then how he was able to continue till the end of the round. Besides that, he threw leg kicks with the same leg right after that exchange. He threw a body kick, his movements looked sharp, and he threw many upkicks as well.
So it does not make sense that McGregor carried on with a broken leg for the rest of the round after suffering an injury early on with no signs of pain.
On the other hand, it’s bizarre to explain how Conor McGregor broke his leg when he put his whole weight on the tip of his feet, and then when he went to plant his leg it twisted, resulting in a severe injury.
Now, this can happen when the bone in the leg is twisted unusually. This has to be one of those freak injuries. Now Poirier checking leg kick might have had some impact on the injury, but it is hard to explain how can Mcgregor continue after the fracture.
In a recent video, Dr. Brian Stutterer explained how McGregor might have had suffered the injury.
Will Conor McGregor retire after UFC 264?
Despite the loss, Conor McGregor looked good early in the fight. His striking looked sharp. But, this is a severe injury and it will take a long time for McGregor to fully recover from the injury. So we might expect at least one year off from Conor McGregor before he makes his Octagon return.
Now, Conor McGregor has told that he is not done and he will come back to fight Poirier again. Even Dana White said that Mcgregor vs Poirier 4 might happen in the future depending on when McGregor returns. But, it all depends on what McGregor wants to do.
He does not have to fight anymore in the octagon and chose to do celebrity boxing fights instead. He can have exhibition fights with the boxing greats and still be a huge draw in the sport. But, whether he chooses to come back to UFC and climb the rankings again is something that the fans would have to wait to find out.