Saturday’s match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier brought on a gruesome injury to the former, resulting in a win for Poirier at the pair’s highly anticipated trilogy fight.
McGregor sustained a brutal break to the lower tibia in his left shin, leaving fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in shock.
In the last seconds of the first round, McGregor’s failed attempt to strike Poirier caused him to awkwardly stumble back and bend his leg in an unnatural position. The fight ended immediately as McGregor was treated on the canvas.
Comedian Joe Rogan, who served as a commentator for the night, quickly pulled a mic to the fallen MMA fighter. “This is not over,” McGregor declared. “If I have to take this outside with him, it’s on outside. I don’t give a bollocks.”
UFC president Dana White announced that McGregor would undergo surgery the following morning, while a title fight between Poirier and current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira was most likely next.
He also added that he expects a fourth match to occur between McGregor and Poirier, once the former fully recovers.
As for Poirier, he won the fight via a technical knockout, but expressed some doubt on the legitimacy of the win. “It’s not a good feeling,” he stated. “I won, and I feel like what happened was because of something I did, but it’s not like I submitted him or put him away. There’s going to be so many voices and so many people saying, ‘Oh, you didn’t win.’”
McGregor’s longtime manager, Audie Attar, later on posted on social media that the injured fighter was in recovery after a three-hour surgery. McGregor went online to assure fans of his condition.
He said, “Feeling tremendous. Six weeks on crutches and we build back!”
It is still unsure, however, how long it will really take for the Irishman to be healthy enough for his return to the octagon.