On Sunday night, Conor McGregor shared an update following successful surgery to repair his broken leg suffered at UFC 264.
Not long after undergoing surgery yesterday, the Irishman shared a video with his 8.8 million fans and followers on Twitter. He took a self-shot video from his hospital bed speaking out for the first time since going under the knife.
During UFC 264’s main event, which saw McGregor take on Dustin Poirier for the third time, he suffered a broken leg that ended the bout early. Just seconds before the first round ended, McGregor snapped his leg in two places and the ref ruled it a doctor stoppage victory for Poirier.
“Just out of the surgery room guys! Surgery went excellent! Feeling tremendous! 6 weeks on crutch and we build back! Let’s go! God bless,” McGregor tweeted.
The former UFC champion also shared a live video where he seemed to be in good spirits all things considering. He thanked everyone for their support and well wishes following the injury. McGregor also called Poirier’s win “illegitimate.”
“I hope you all enjoyed the show,” McGregor said in the clip. “I want to thank all the fans in attendance… the place was absolutely electric. It was a hell of a first round. It would’ve been nice to get into that second round, and then to see what’s what. But it is what it is, that’s the nature of the business. A clean break of the tibia, and it was not to be. And now Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want, but you’ve done nothing in there. That second round would’ve shown all. And onwards and upwards we go, team.”
His team shared details about The Notorious’ successful surgery as well. They stated in a memo posted to social media that McGregor was in recovery now after a three-hour surgical procedure. His management team shared that the fighter broke both his tibia and fibula. Additionally, they stated the surgery was a success and that the UFC legend should make a full recovery.
Conor McGregor Loses to Dustin Poirier After Freak Injury at UFC 264
With all the hype surrounding the main event at UFC 264, it’s a shame fans only got one round out of it. We’ll never know what could have been in the trilogy fight since the bout ended early due to McGregor’s broken leg.
Poirier-McGregor III was the third fight between the two men, but the second of this year alone. The trilogy began seven years ago when McGregor earned a first-round TKO in the featherweight division at UFC 178 in September 2014.
In addition, the two UFC fighters went head-to-head earlier this year in January. In their second bout, each fighter moved up to the lightweight division weight class. Poirier got revenge with a second-round knockout to bring the series record to 1-1. Yet McGregor’s unlucky leg injury and subsequent doctor stoppage brought their third fight to a screeching halt at the end of the first round.
With only seconds remaining in the first round, the pair traded blows that missed each other. While attempting the strike, McGregor’s left leg broke in half, which forced the ref to call the fight off. It’s not the ending UFC fans, analysts, or the fighters themselves expected whatsoever.
As for McGregor and Poirier, they’ve each admitted there is unfinished business now because of the way the fight ended. Therefore we may see a fourth fight added to the trilogy to decide a true winner in the series. However, McGregor has a long road to recovery before Poirier-McGregor IV is a possibility.