UFC President Dana White is backing the idea that Conor McGregor’s ankle was not 100% before his UFC 264 grudge match against Dustin Poirier.
McGregor suffered a gruesome loss from the doctor’s stop at Poirier after breaking his tibia and fibula in the dying seconds of the first round of the UFC 264 main event. In the days and weeks that followed McGregor’s loss, the former two-division UFC champion claimed he entered the Poirier trilogy fight with stress fractures in his leg and that officials at White and the UFC were aware of his injuries.
In a recent interview with Fox News, White said McGregor’s issues were indeed known before his loss to UFC 264 and said McGregor asked Nevada officials for permission to bandage his ankles for Poirier’s fight. , but ultimately decided not to.
“He’s had ankle problems for the past two years, and he had asked if he could stick his ankles before this fight and he got clearance to do so from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. White told Fox News, chose not to record them. I do not know why.
“But yes, he has chronic ankle arthritis. “
White’s statements echo claims McGregor posted on his Instagram following the Irishman’s successful surgery to repair his broken tibia and fibula.
“I was injured before the fight,” McGregor said. “People ask me, ‘When did the leg break? When did the leg break? Ask Dana White, ask UFC, ask UFC chief medical officer Dr. Davidson. They knew I had stress fractures in my leg when I entered that cage. There was some debate about taking the thing off because I was training without shin guards and would be kicking the knee several times. So I had several stress fractures in the shin above my ankle, and then still had problems with my ankle for all those years of fucking fighting all the time. And I also wrapped my ankle in every workout. I even did a lot of workouts when my ankle was sore, I still couldn’t stop working out.
Contrary to these claims, Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) Executive Director Bob Bennett recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the NAC was not aware of any pre-existing injuries for McGregor prior to UFC 264. Consistent At the direction of the commission, McGregor would also have had to complete a pre-fight questionnaire confirming that he was in good health to fight and that he did not suffer from serious injuries.
“If we ever knowingly had information about a fighter who wasn’t fit to fight, we wouldn’t 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 starting the lengthy rehab process for his return to the UFC.
White has said he’s not sure how the future will play out for the UFC’s biggest superstar, but he expects McGregor to at least be out until mid-late 2022.
“It’s going to take him a year to get over this one before he can come back, so I don’t know, we’ll see,” White said. “The fighting game is a tough game and the kid has built a huge legacy and made a lot of money, so we’ll see how the rest of his career unfolds. “