Following Conor McGregor’s leg break at UFC 264, the former two-weight champion has claimed that he was carrying a leg injury into the main event bout.
Suffering a broken left tibia and fibula in his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier this past Saturday, McGregor has since had surgery on the injury and was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.
Providing a video update to his condition through his Instagram account, McGregor would claim that UFC officials were aware that his left leg was already injured prior to entering the fight.
“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,” McGregor continued. “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.”