Conor McGregor appeared to break his ankle in the UFC 264 main event, but his lower tibia was actually broken. The former two-league UFC champion suffered a broken leg when he ducked to avoid a kick and awkwardly planted his left leg in the final seconds of the first round.
It was a shocking end to the long-awaited rubber match between the Irishman and his rival Dustin Poirier. The fight was stopped at the end of the opening round when the officials examined McGregor’s leg and determined that the native Dubliner would not be able to continue the fight.
Before going crazy, Poirier looked like he was on his way to a dominant performance. ‘Diamond’ has long dominated McGregor on the ground and peppered him with annoying jabs and elbows. Poirier went ahead 10-8 on two referee scores before the fight ended without ceremony.
On the eve of UFC 264, McGregor predicted his opponent would leave the Octagon on a stretcher. But in a cruel twist of fate, it turns out that he is the one who was released from the cage.
Doctor measures Conor McGregor’s injury.
On YouTube, Dr. Brian Sutterer recently released a video of his official analysis of Conor McGregor’s injury. A resident physician at the Mayo Clinic stated that the leg fracture was the result of cumulative damage, not a specific moment in the fight:
“I still feel it’s a result of more overall damage rather than a specific check or a specific block. Combined with that reverse torsional torsion right there that goes through Conor’s leg as it goes into the plant and leaves. Of course, that eventually leads to this position of inversion and the completion of this fracture,” Suterer said.
Conor McGregor underwent a successful three-hour operation on his broken leg on Sunday morning. After the procedure, the Irishman assured his fans he was doing well and posted a statement on social media with a recovery timeline.
Edited by Jack Cunningham.