Conor McGregor’s last bout with Dustin Poirier ended with the fighter getting stretchered out of the UFC fight due to a brutal leg injury. His broken leg won’t stop him, however, with McGregor reporting he intends to return to the ring in 2022.
McGregor suffered his injury about a month ago and is already on the fast track to recovery. In fact, he’s already posting bicep photos as he trains.
“I’m improving rapidly!” McGregor exclaims. “Working with the best team money can buy! I’ll be back in no time, lock loaded!”
In typical McGregor fashion, he remains determined and undeterred from his injury. He even stated if he returned at 170 pounds, he’d “spark” Kamaru Usman, the welterweight champ.
If he’s still talking trash, it’s a safe bet McGregor is already feeling better. Going by some of his recent poolside photos, his recovery seems to be going well.
How Conor McGregor Sustained His Leg Injury
On July 10, UFC 264’s event didn’t quite go as planned for Conor McGregor. After a single round, McGregor had to be stretchered out of the ring due to a broken leg.
This fight was especially significant, as it was the tiebreaker between McGregor and Poirier. Seven years ago, the two had their first fight, with McGregor scoring a TKO in the first round at UFC 178.
In January of this year, the two fighters had their first rematch. This time, Poirier had the upper hand, scoring a knockout in the second round, tying their record.
Unfortunately, during the third bout, McGregor stumbled backward in a way that caused his foot to get trapped under him. This pressure caused his leg to snap under the pressure, prematurely ending the fight.
Though initially disappointed, McGregor seemed to take the loss in stride. “Thanks for the support everyone! Was not my night/morning in there but a great contest to improve on. I’m excited at the blockbuster trilogy I now have on my hands. Dustin is a hell of a competitor and I look forward to going again. Elevating the leg and the spirit on my way home! God bless us all, happy Sunday.”
However, his attitude towards his opponent and the fight’s results seems to have changed. McGregor claims Poirier’s win was “illegitimate” and a second-round would have shown a different result.
“Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you’ve done nothing in there. That second round would’ve shown all. Onwards and upwards we go. We dust ourselves off, we build ourselves back, and we come back better than ever.”
Regardless, McGregor possesses unrivaled tenacity and if he truly does have the best team money can buy, a 2022 UFC appearance seems more a certainty than a possibility.