There were a lot of speculations from fans, media, and MMA pundits about how exactly Conor McGregor broke his leg in his fight against Dustin Poirier.
The big dilemma was the fact that McGregor did not break his leg right away Dustin Poirier checked his leg kick or after Conor hit Poirier’s elbow during a leg kick exchange. The leg broke in the final seconds of the round when McGregor was throwing a punch.
Well, it seems there were a lot more behind-the-scenes details that the fans did not know going into the fight. In a recent Instagram live, Conor McGregor revealed that he had a pre-existing injury going into the fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
McGregor even claimed that Dana White and UFC’s head doctor was aware of the injury of McGregor. And there was a point when McGregor could have pulled out of the fight as well. McGregor revealed:
“I am gonna do this, I am gonna come back. The leg was better than ever. 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 UFC, Ask the head doctor of UFC, they knew my leg had stress fractured going into that cage. There was a bit about pulling the things out because I was sparring with no shin pads, I kicked the knee a few times. So I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bones above the ankle. Then I had the problem with my ankle anyway throughout the year for f****g fighting all the time.”
Injuries affected the UFC 264 training camp of Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor even said that the injuries affected his training camp badly and he had to adjust his camp because of that. He also credited his improved ground games to this adjustment in the training camp.
“I even did a lot of training sessions when my ankle was soared. I still would not stop training. I used to just train on my back. That’s how I developed those ground and pound shots. That’s why Dustin backed away when he was on top of me and I was landing the upkicks and elbows. It’s a horrible place to be in.”
Well, though Conor lost round 1 two judges giving Poirier a 10-8 round was completely bizarre. The strikes count was very close in the first round. Conor outlanded Dustin on the feet, he also had the only submission attempt in the first round. And he landed some nasty elbows and upkicks from the bottom. Even though Poirier won the round it’s hard to explain how can a judge reward Poirier a 10-8 round.
Nevertheless, it seems McGregor is determined to come back to the octagon once he is healed. McGregor is suspended medically until January 7, 2022. But the good news is the fans can expect the Notorious to return after one year and fight a top contender in the lightweight division.