Despite just over two months removed from a fracture to his left tibia back at UFC 264 in July, former UFC featherweight and lightweight kingpin, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has claimed that he feels like he could kick off of that left leg already. However, doctors have advised him not to, in a bid to continue his rehabilitation.
Headlining UFC 264 against former interim lightweight champion and three-time rival, Dustin Poirier, McGregor suffered a fracture to his left tibia with just 10-seconds remaining in the opening round of their trilogy rubber match, resulting in a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss.
In the time since, the 33-year-old has spent the majority of his time residing in Beverley Hills, California following his surgical procedure. However, he traveled to Brooklyn, New York last weekend against doctor’s advice, to attend the Video Music Awards with his fiancée, Dee Devlin.
At the event in the ‘Big Apple’, McGregor was involved in an altercation with musician, Machine Gun Kelly (real name Colson Baker), where the two allegedly traded verbals before Kelly pushed McGregor, causing him to spill his drink before McGregor is alleged to have thrown his drink in the direction of Kelly and his girlfriend, Megan Fox. Security would corral the parties involved before they both made their way inside the venue for the ceremony.
Speaking with reporter, Adam Glyn outside a hotel in Brooklyn before returning back to California, McGregor provided an update on his recovery from surgery — detailing how he feels like he could kick off of his left leg again already and that it won’t stop his return to the sport.
“I feel like I could kick right now,” McGregor said whilst signing autographs. “I honestly feel like I could right now, but I’ve just got to listen to the doctors, listen to the people that are guiding me. That’s what I’ve done so far. I’ve committed myself to the work and I’m back on the feet. It’s so good to be back on the feet.”
“I was upset for a little while,” McGregor explained. “It’s not been easy. There’s been a few ups and downs on this. It’s probably one of the wildest things that’s ever happened to me in my life. I’m going to get back. (Do) you think a broken bone is going to stop me? Think again.” (H/T MMA Fighting)
The July loss to Poirier came as the first time McGregor has suffered consecutive defeats in his professional career after the Dubliner headlined UFC 257 in January in Abu Dhabi, UAE — dropping his first professional knockout loss in a second round stoppage defeat to Poirier in the pair’s lightweight rematch.
McGregor is expected to be sidelined until next year at the very least. However, other prominent sufferers of leg injuries include Anderson Silva and more recently, Chris Weidman, with the latter still yet to return, whilst the former failed to recapture form in his comeback.
With the aforenoted, Poirier expected to tackle Charles Oliveira for lightweight gold before the close of the year, as well as an upcoming UFC 268 pairing of Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler, it’s still unclear where a returning McGregor would fit into the lightweight division upon his return to the Octagon.
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