After Conor McGregor suffered a horrific leg injury against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. There were several questions regarding at what point during the fight did he suffer a leg injury. Various analysts and coaches gave their opinion about his leg injury after the fight. But McGregor surprised everyone when he revealed the reason for his injury.
The Irishman released a video a day after he underwent surgery on his Instagram account. He claimed that the promotion knew he had injuries before the fight. “I was injured going into the fight. People were asking me when was the leg break – at what point did the leg break? Ask Dana White. Ask the UFC. Ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew. My leg – I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage.”
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As a result, everyone started questioning the doctors and the promotion’s decision to allow McGregor to fight at UFC 264. But as per Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett, the commission did not know about McGregor’s injury before the fight. Bennett responded to the Irishman’s claims by giving a statement.
“If we ever knowingly had information a fighter wasn’t fit to fight, we wouldn’t let them compete. It would go to a doctor, and a doctor would make that decision as the expert.”
Did UFC make a big blunder by allowing Conor McGregor to fight against Dustin Poirier on July 10th?
Despite losing the fight due to a leg injury, Conor McGregor was severely criticized by former fighters, coaches and analysts. But if McGregor’s claims are true then he was going into the fight against one of the best lightweight fighters in the world with stress fractures. This shows that UFC made a big mistake by not replacing The Notorious at UFC 264.
They had three options and they went forward with one of the riskiest alternatives. They could have replaced The Notorious with Rafael Dos Anjos as he was ready to replace Poirier or McGregor but the promotion had other plans. As a result, the Irishman and the promotion both had to pay a huge price. A loss for Conor certainly affects UFC because he has helped the promotion garner record-breaking views. Furthermore, it will be tough for UFC to book a flight between Poirier and McGregor for the fourth time because most people are over this rivalry.
Therefore UFC made a blunder by not replacing McGregor at UFC 264. They could have booked the fight later and the event would garner the same amount of attention and popularity. In the end, the promotion will learn a lesson from UFC 264 and will try to make better decisions in the future.