UFC President Dana White backs up that Conor McGregor’s ankle was not 100 percent on his way into his UFC 264 counterattack against Dustin Poirier.
McGregor suffered a gruesome loss via the doctor’s stop to Poirier after breaking his tibia and fibula in the closing seconds of the first round of UFC 264’s main event. In the days and weeks since McGregor’s loss, the former two-division UFC champion has claimed he went into the Poirier trilogy fight with stress fractures in his leg and that officials at White and the UFC were aware of his injury.
In a recent interview with Fox News, White said McGregor’s problems were actually known before his loss at UFC 264, saying McGregor asked permission from Nevada officials to tie his ankles to the Poirier fight, but ultimately decided that.
“He’s had ankle problems for the last couple of years, and he had asked if he could lose his ankles that came into this fight, and he was given permission to do so by the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” White said. to Fox News, ”and then said he chose not to tape them. I do not know why.
“But yes, he has chronic arthritis in his ankles.”
White’s statements repeat the allegations McGregor posted on his Instagram after the Irishman’s successful operation to repair his broken shin and fibula.
“I was injured in the fight,” McGregor said. “People ask me, ‘When was the bone broken? At what point did the leg break? ‘Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr. Davidson, chief physician of the UFC. They knew I had a stress fracture in my leg that went into the cage. There was debate about pulling the case out because I sparred without shins and I kicked my knee a few times. So I had several stress fractures in the shin above the ankle, and then I still have problems with the ankle over the years with f * cking struggle all the time. And I also packed my ankle every workout. I even did a lot of workouts when the ankle was sore, I still would not stop training. ”
Contrary to these allegations, Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) CEO Bob Bennett recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that NAC was not aware of any existing injuries to McGregor on his way into UFC 264. In accordance with Commission guidelines, McGregor also We have been required to complete a pre-match questionnaire confirming that he was in good health to fight and did not suffer any serious injuries.
“If we ever consciously had information that a fighter was not fit to fight, we would not let them compete,” Bennett told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It would go to a doctor, and a doctor would make that decision as an expert.”
Either way, McGregor is expected to be on crutches for six weeks after surgery before beginning the lengthy rehabilitation process for his UFC comeback.
White said he’s not sure how the future will play for the UFC’s biggest superstar, but he expects McGregor to at least be out until mid – late 2022.
“It takes him a year to recover from this before he can come back, so I don’t know we’ll see,” White said. “Fighting games are a tough game and the kid has cemented a massive legacy for himself and earned a lot of money so we’ll see how the rest of his career plays out.”