Dana White Reveals Potential Timeline for Conor McGregor’s UFC Return After The Freak Injury

Published 07/15/2021, 8:09 AM EDT


UFC President Dana White recently confirmed that Conor McGregor has been released from the hospital, days after undergoing surgery on his left leg. The Irishman went under the knife after snapping his leg during his trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

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After being dominated by Poirier for most of the round, McGregor’s leg gave way in the dying seconds of round one. The cage-side physician deemed him unfit to compete further and thus the referee, Herb Dean, signaled for the match to be called off, resulting in a TKO (doctor stoppage) win for Poirier.

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Conor got released from the hospital on Wednesday after the doctors used rods, plates, and screws to repair his broken leg. They surgically attached a plate and screws to the fibula and placed an intramedullary rod in the tibia.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates after knocking out Donald Cerrone in their welterweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

It is also a notable fact that Conor was released from the hospital on his birthday. So, this could be a present for him, although he won’t be in the mood to celebrate.

Meanwhile, White, who appeared for an interview with TMZ Sports on Wednesday, commented on the same. He said, “I think they just released him… He will be in L. A for a little while and I don’t know if he’s gonna fly home or what he is gonna do from there.”

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White gave some details on the expected timeline for ‘The Notorious’ to return to the octagon. “He will be back in a year, yeah.”

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Shortly after his successful surgery, McGregor took to Twitter and gave an update on his health status. He said, “What’s up fight fans? ‘The Notorious’ here. Just out of the surgery room. Everything went to plan. Everything went perfect. I’m feeling tremendous.”

The Irishman then thanked his fans for wishing him and revealed that he will be on crutches for six weeks before his recovery begins.

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He described how the first round went for him and what people could have seen him do in round 2. ‘The Notorious’ also took a dig at Poirier’s win.

“Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want, but you done nothing in there. That second round would have shown all. Onwards and upwards we go, team,” he said.

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McGregor (22-6) won’t be returning to the ring this year, after facing a medical suspension. Given the seriousness of the injury and the time it would take to recover fully, it will be a long way back to the top for McGregor from here.

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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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