Conor McGregor provided an update on the injury he sustained in his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
The former two-weight champion underwent surgery on Sunday to repair a fractured tibia and fibula in his left leg.
McGregor filmed a video while riding on an electric scooter down a sidewalk in California where he said his surgery was a success and also suggested a pre-existing injury could’ve contributed to the clean break in the cage.
“I was injured going into the fight,” McGregor said in the video posted to his Instagram page Thursday. “People are asking me, ‘When was the leg broke? At what point did the leg break?’ Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask (the UFC’s head physician). 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 with no 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.”
McGregor’s leg buckled underneath him at the end of the first round mere seconds after he threw two kicks with his left leg that landed awkwardly on Poirier.
He added that he was also dealing with a lingering ankle issue that hindered some of his training.
McGregor, who turned 33 on Wednesday, is viewing the injury and surgery as a blessing in disguise and is hoping to return to competition in 2022 once fully recovered.
“I needed to get treatment on my leg, I needed to get treatment on the ankle and I needed to get treatment on the shin bone,” McGregor said. “I would’ve never committed to going under the knife unless something like this happened. … (I got) exactly what I needed and what I needed was a titanium shin bone. So now I got a titanium rod going down from the knee to my ankle and the doctor said it’s unbreakable. … I’m like (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Terminator 2.”