‘Absolutely Yes!’- Surgeon Claims Conor McGregor Will Fully Recover From the Injury and Throw Leg Kicks in the Octagon

Published 07/16/2021, 3:41 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 17: Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 246 weigh-in at Park Theater at Park MGM on January 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC dual division champion Conor McGregor snapped his leg during his trilogy clash at UFC 264 against Dustin Poirier.

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The injury resulted in the subsequent victory for Poirier as the medical staff and eventually the ref, Herb Dean, ruled McGregor out for the rest of the match.

It was a painful sight for fight fans who had gathered inside the arena and millions of others who were watching it live on their televisions.

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The next day, after UFC 264, Conor underwent successful surgery. He later informed his fans about the timeline of his potential return. The doctors have ruled him out for at least a year from making his way to the octagon.

Recently, one of his surgeons took some time out of his busy schedule and answered some of the questions asked by the Irishman’s fans. He also gave details about his possible recovery procedure.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“Absolutely yes! He would,” the surgeon said while answering if McGregor could use leg kicks efficiently again. “We had many high-level elite athletes come back to professional levels, not only in mixed martial arts but NBA and NFL with injuries like this.”

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The surgeon then described how the platinum rod would stabilize his leg. “Actually, if you think about it, his leg would be less likely to be fractured. Again, on the inside of the leg, he would have a titanium rod filling up the canal on the inside of the bone.”

Conor McGregor needs 12 months to get back to action

McGregor (22-6) has lately been on the negative side in his matches. His last 4 matches have yielded 3 losses and a solitary win. A fighter of his caliber would definitely be itching to make a strong comeback from the string of losses. But it would take a lot of effort to be match fit. The surgeon gave the exact time for it.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“If we can get him to start walking and pivoting, we can start simple activities after the first six to eight weeks,” he said. “I think as long as there is no complication, no infections, no blood clots anything unforeseen, I think it’s very possible and likely, we can see ‘The Notorious’ back in the octagon under 12 months from a physical standpoint.”

It will be interesting to see how ‘The Notorious‘ one plans his return. If he returns within a year, all eyes will be on UFC, with whom they would pit him against.

What did you make of the surgeon’s revelations about Conor?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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