Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor Mcgregor has revealed that he had leg injuries leading up to the fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
UFC 264 was headlined by the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier after their series was at 1-1. The fight ended in one of the most surprising ways that no one saw coming. By the end of the first round, in an attempt to throw a punch, he twisted his ankle and snapped his bone, and fell back on the mat. The doctors came in and declared that the ankle was broken and waved off the fight. Dustin Poirier was declared the winner of the fight via TKO due to doctor stoppage.
After the fight, many MMA fans and intellectuals were trying to figure out how and when did the leg break or what led to that moment. But Conor who recently went through surgery and has a titanium rod insert in his leg took some time and addressed his injury and put all the speculations regarding his injury to rest.
McGregor, who is spending his recovery time in Los Angeles, took to Instagram to reveal that the UFC knew about the injury that he suffered just as his coach John Kavanagh revealed in his interview.
“I was injured going into the fight,” McGregor said. “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. There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring without shin pads, and I was kicking. I kicked the knee a few times, so I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle, and then I had trouble with the ankle anyway throughout the years of fighting all the time. And I also was wrapping my ankle every training session. I even (did) a lot of training sessions when the ankle was sore – I still wouldn’t stop training.
“I used to just train on my back, and that’s how I developed those ground-and-pound shots from the back. That’s why Dustin backed away when he was on top of me and I was landing the upkicks and the elbows. It’s a horrible place to be in when you’re against someone like me. You can’t land. You take so much effort to try and land shots from your top position, and while you’re trying to do that and losing your energy, you’re getting lumped out by downward elbows and vicious upkicks. It was a skill I developed because I had the damaged leg, and I had to adjust my training.”
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Conor McGregor also posted photos of his training session where he is seen wearing tapes and leg wraps which indicate that he was suffering from an injury that led to his leg break incident at UFC 264.
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