UFC fighter Conor McGregor says that he went into his UFC 264 fight against Dustin Poirier with “multiple stress fractures” in his left leg, which was the same leg that broke during the final seconds of the first round.
“I was injured going into the fight,” McGregor said on his Instagram page (h/t ESPN’s Brett Okamoto). “People are asking me, ‘When was the leg broke? At what point did the leg break?’ Ask Dana White. Ask the UFC. Ask Dr. [Jeff] Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage. It was debated about pulling the thing out.”
Neither the UFC or the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the contest, have issued statements.
McGregor, 33, (22-6) lost to Poirier due to official doctor’s stoppage.
McGregor announced that he underwent successful surgery on his leg Sunday, repairing fractures of his tibia and fibula and added on social media that “six weeks on crutch and we build back.”
“I’m essentially getting exactly what I needed to get there,” McGregor said. “I needed to get treatment on my leg. I needed to get treatment on my ankle. I needed to get treatment on my shin bone. And I would have never committed to going under the knife unless something like this happened.
“So, something like this happened, [I am] getting exactly what I needed, and what I needed was a titanium shin bone. Now, I have a titanium rod from my knee to the ankle, and the doctor says it’s unbreakable.”