Former two-weight UFC champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor appears confident of a full, complete recovery from his July tibia fracture against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, claiming that “the game has just begun“.
McGregor, a former undisputed featherweight and lightweight champion, headlined UFC 264 back in July against former interim lightweight gold holder, Poirier — suffering an opening round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to the Lafayette native after suffering a fracture of his left tibia.
The following day, the 33-year-old underwent a surgical procedure in California to address the fracture to his left tibia, and is expected to remain sidelined while he recovers and rehabilitates until next summer at the very earliest.
Posting on his official Twitter account, McGregor shared a picture of his UFC 264 training camp, where he was sporting a shin pad on his left leg, as well as claiming that he will have no issue returning from the debilitating injury setback.
“I will no have (sic) issue returning from this injury,” McGregor tweeted. “Not an iota of issue. I’ve already prepared for a fight under these exact conditions. Here is a snap (picture) from my last camp. At @McGregorFast HQ with team. Shin pad taped on to the left leg due to stress fractures/trauma.“
In the days and weeks following his injury, details emerged confirming that McGregor and his team had informed the UFC of an existing injury to his leg, and had requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission to wear ankle wraps and tape against Poirier, however, come fight night, he elected against utilizing them. UFC president, Dana White also claimed that McGregor had been suffering from “chronic arthritis” in his legs for years.
“Me and all you pull-out merchants are not the same!” McGregor tweeted. “You are bitch made and I’m now steel. This game has just begun. Know that all my enemies are of similar age and experience, and for this reason. I hereby declare this war forever! McGregor Forever (crossed swords emoji)“
The Crumlin native has been linked with a series of potential matchups for his upcoming Octagon return next year, including an immediate fourth pairing against Poirier, and bouts against the likes of Michael Chandler, Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz, and Jorge Masvidal to name a few.
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