UFC president Dana White has finally put light on what was wrong with Conor McGregor’s ankle ahead of the highly anticipated trilogy bout at UFC 264. After Conor McGregor claimed that he had stress fractures on his leg doing into UFC 264, and revealed several photos where the former champion can be seen treating his ankles in the lead-up to the fight, several doctors came out looking at the images shared that it might not be stress fractures after all, but there was some problem with McGregor’s ankle nonetheless.
However, NEVADA state athletic commission had come out indirectly stating that they were not aware of McGregor’s stress fractures in the ankles, considering they wouldn’t have allowed him to compete with an injury.
Speaking to FOX, UFC president Dana White has revealed that McGregor has been suffering from ankle issues over the last few years. He stated that McGregor is suffering from chronic arthritis in his ankles.
“He’s had ankle issues for the last couple of years, and 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,” White told Fox News, “and then he opted not to tape them. I don’t know why.”
“But yeah, he has chronic arthritis in his ankles.”
White also revealed that despite getting permission to tape his ankle in his fight against Dustin Poirier, McGregor decided not to tape his ankles, and going into the fight, used vicious leg kicks on Dustin Poirier.
What is chronic arthritis that Conor McGregor is suffering from?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. In a normal body, our immune system attacks infections and bacteria entering the body, but for a person suffering from arthritis, the immune system tends to attack the healthy cells of the body.
Arthritis can cause inflammation of joints. It can also cause joint stiffness, leading to tender, warm, and swollen joints. It’s a new revelation from UFC president Dana White who had not commented much on the entire issue over the last few weeks.
Conor McGregor snapped his ankle in the clsoing moments of the first round in the trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. He underwent successful surgery, with UFC president Dana White expecting the former dual champion to return to the Octagon sometime next year.