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Thursday, Jul 15, 2021

Conor McGregor Says His Leg Had Stress Fractures, Heading Into UFC 264

Conor McGregor (right)(image via UFC/YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Ever since Conor McGregor broke his leg at UFC 264, there’s been extensive talk and speculation about how the horrific injury occurred. Now, the polarizing star’s reporting he went into his third bout with Dustin Poirier, with stress fractures in his leg.

McGregor snapped his leg near the end of the opening round of his rubber match with Poirier, and the fight was called. Following surgery to repair the broken limb, McGregor posted a video statement, in which he made the following claim (quotes via MMA Fighting).

“The leg is better than ever,” McGregor said. “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 the UFC, ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew, 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 would kick the knee a few times. So I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle and then I have trouble with the ankle anyway throughout the years of f*cking fighting all the time. And I also was rapping me ankle every training session.”

The 33-year-old fighter, also said the following.

“I even done a lot of training sessions when the ankle was sore, I still wouldn’t stop training,” McGregor said. “I used to just train on me back and that’s how I developed those ground-and-pound shots from the back. That’s why Dustin backed away from me 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. It takes so much effort to try and land shots from your top position and while you’re trying to do that and you’re losing your energy and you’re getting lumped at with downward elbows and vicious upkicks. It was a skill I developed because I had the damaged leg and I had to adjust me training.”

McGregor was stopped by Poirier in the second round this past January. In their first bout, back in 2014, he finished Poirier in the opening frame.

posted by FCF Staff @ 1:41 pm
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