Conor McGregor is already relying on recovery after successful surgery to repair damage from a broken leg suffered during his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
The injury occurred after McGregor threw a punch and stepped back, then his leg tucked under him as he felt the bone shatter in the octagon. Medics rushed to help him as a blast of air was placed around his leg and he was pulled out of the octagon on a stretcher.
Poirier was declared the winner by TKO due to a doctor’s stop at 5 a.m. of the first round.
McGregor underwent three-hour leg surgery on Sunday with Dr Neal ElAttrache and Dr Milton Little, chief of the sports trauma department at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, who performed the procedure. Dr ElAttrache is the same surgeon who performed an ACL replacement on McGregor’s knee in 2013 after tearing his ligament in a win over Max Holloway.
As chief medical officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams, Dr. ElAttrache has performed high-profile surgeries for athletes such as Tom Brady. He also performed ACL replacement surgery on former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre.
An intramedullary rod was inserted into the tibia with screws and plates attached to the fibula to stabilize McGregor’s leg. News of the operation was first reported by TMZ.
McGregor subsequently issued a statement with an update on his condition. He is expected to stay in hospital for a few days before being allowed to return home to Ireland.
“I just got out of the operating room, guys! McGregor wrote on Twitter. “The surgery went very well! Feel great! [Six] weeks on a crutch and we rebuilt! Let’s go! God protects you. “
I just got out of the operating room, guys! The operation went very well! Feel great! 6 weeks on a crutch and we rebuilt! Let’s go! God protects you
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 12, 2021
McGregor then posted a video in which he called the operation “perfect” while addressing Poirier for the first time after leaving the Octagon on Saturday night.
“Dustin, you can celebrate this illegitimate victory as much as you want, but you haven’t done anything about it,” McGregor said. “This second round would have shown everything. Forward and up, we go as a team. We dust ourselves off, we rebuild ourselves and we come back better than ever.
McGregor’s broken leg comes less than four months after former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman suffered a similar injury during his fight with Uriah Hall. While obviously a devastating injury, Weidman was recently able to return to the gym to hit the pads again for the first time just seven weeks after his own surgery.
McGregor’s manager Audie Attar also released a statement about the operation and his expected recovery from the injury.
“Conor is recovering after three hours of surgery,” Attar wrote. “The operation was successful in repairing the fractures in his tibia and fibula. His doctors included Dr Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobb, longtime orthopedist at Conor and trauma surgeon Dr Milton Little of Cedars-Sinai.
“Both doctors are convinced that over time he will make a full recovery. We anticipate his return to the Octagon.