It was previously believed Conor McGregor suffered his leg injury during his bout against Dustin Poirier in the Octagon last Saturday. But the lightweight contender revealed new, eye-opening details surrounding when his injury actually occurred on Thursday.
In a new social-media video, McGregor revealed he was actually “injured going into the fight.” The veteran fighter apparently took the risk and ultimately paid the price when he went down with an injury, leading to his defeat in the process.
“I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage,” McGregor revealed on Thursday, via ESPN MMA. “It was debated about pulling the thing out.”
Injury or not, McGregor didn’t look very promising in the trilogy against Poirier. Even before he was injured, Poirier was controlling the fight – and McGregor looked lost in the process. But McGregor clearly feels he wasn’t 100 percent heading into last Saturday’s bout.
“I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage. It was debated about pulling the thing out.”
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 15, 2021
This definitely isn’t the last we’ve seen of Conor McGregor. He’s already committed to a fourth fight versus Dustin Poirier (when McGregor gets healthy, of course).
The 33-year-old just isn’t the same fighter he once was, though. Opponents feared going into the Octagon with the lightweight contender back in the day. His knockout-punch ability was lethal at one point. But opponents appear to have figured him out by now.
McGregor’s defense has taken a step back in recent years, and he’s obviously weak in the ground game. Poirier took advantage of both weaknesses during his victory over McGregor back in January and did it again last weekend.
If McGregor wants to continue contending in his division, he’ll have to improve his defense and do everything he can to avoid the ground game.