McGregor May Be Down, But He’s Definitely Not Out

Following a successful surgery on his broken leg, Conor McGregor promises to return “better than ever.”

“Just out of the surgery room, everything went to plan, everything went perfect, and I’m feeling tremendous. We’ve got six weeks on a crutch now, and then we begin to build back,” said the mixed martial artist.

McGregor sustained the injury during his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on July 11. At the end of the first round, the Irishman stepped out of the way to avoid his rival’s punch, breaking his tibia in the process. The bout was halted seconds after the incident occurred.

In a post-fight interview, McGregor compared his injury to that of Anderson Silva from 2013, when he hurt his leg while fighting against Chris Weidman: “I bleedin’ landed on the wonky leg like Anderson Silva that one time, something similar to that. It’s a mad business.”

The July 11 clash was the duo’s third encounter. In 2014, McGregor won early on in the first round, which earned him his second “Performance of the Night” award. During the rematch, which took place in January this year, Poirier triumphed in the second round. It was also the first time McGregor got knocked out.

Both fighters said in recent interviews that their rivalry is not over, fuelling hope among MMA enthusiasts that they’ll soon get a chance to watch and place bets on what is sure to be an exciting encounter.

McGregor’s charisma, exciting fighting style, and origins have made him one of the most popular fighters of all time. He began boxing at the age of 12 in order to defend himself against bullies and grow his confidence. Throughout his career, McGregor has competed in three different categories: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. In 2012, he won titles in two of these divisions simultaneously, becoming the first European professional mixed martial artist to do so. The Irishman has won 22 MMA fights and lost 6.