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Suffering From a Brain Bleed, Connor Coghill Gets an Age-Old Reminder From Conor McGregor After Knockout Loss to Hopey Price

Published 10/17/2023, 1:12 AM EDT

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Many consider combat sports to be one of the world’s most dangerous athletic competitions. Injuries sustained in the ring or the cage can have devastating consequences for fighters. ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor is no stranger to devastating injuries sustained during fights. The Irish superstar has remained sidelined from MMA since 2021 when he broke his leg in a fight against Dustin Poirier. And now the Mystic Mac recently took to social media to share a sincere message for British boxer, Connor Coghill.

Brain damage is one of the primary concerns as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the result of repeated blows to the head. According to a survey conducted by Manuel Velazquez, between 1890 and 2011, an estimated 1,604 boxers have passed away as a direct result of injuries sustained in the ring. Coghill has been reported to be hospitalized after complaining of headaches after his stoppage loss on October 7. And McGregor’s message carried a grim reminder of how boxing isn’t a game that you “play”.

Conor McGregor shares prayers  for boxer and a reminder of the dangers of combat sports

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British boxer Connor Coghill is in the hospital, battling a brain bleed after his featherweight fight with Hopey Price. This bout was a big deal, a British title eliminator, part of the Leigh Wood vs. Josh Warrington match on October 7. Coghill, a 28-year-old from Hull, took a beating, getting knocked down four times by Price, who snatched the WBA continental belt on the same day.

Referee Bob Williams stopped the fight during the 12th and final round. Even though Coghill lost, people admired his gutsy spirit and his relentless determination after those knockdowns. But now, his trainer Stefy Bull has shared a worrying update on social media.

“Connor has had headaches since his boxing contest last week in Sheffield,” stated Bull. “Obviously it’s devastating news for Connor as boxing has been his life since a young age. He’s stable and resting and wanting people to respect his time during this difficult period.”

Conor McGregor also took to social media to offer his wishes for Coghill. In an Instagram story, McGregor posted, “You don’t play boxing. Prayers up for this man and his team.

McGregor has yet to make an appearance inside the Octagon since his injury loss against Poirier at UFC 264. He had recently reported that he had begun the process for his return to USADA testing. However, with recent developments in the relationship between the UFC and USADA, it is unclear when McGregor will fight again.

McGregor’s return spells the end for USADA in the UFC

UFC star Conor McGregor’s return to drug testing made headlines, but there’s a twist. USADA’s CEO, Travis Tygart, shed light on a significant change—USADA’s partnership with the UFC is set to end on January 1, 2024.

USADA’s official release stated that McGregor’s situation, the top star of the UFC, had created circumstances that made the relationship between the two parties “untenable.” Travis Tygart’s statement emphasized that USADA prioritizes fighters’ long-term health, safety, and a fair sporting environment over short-term profits that could compromise clean athletes.

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Dana White, UFC CEO, on The Pat McAfee show, responded to the situation by confirming that the UFC would still hire an independent company to handle their anti-doping program. He made his strong disapproval of USADA’s statement clear by referring to it as a “scumbag move.”

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In conclusion, the injury sustained by Connor Coghill serves as a sobering reminder of the consequences of fighting for a living. Conor McGregor and his message to the fighter underscores the heavy toll it takes on the athletes. And with USADA no longer in partnership with the UFC, McGregor’s return to the Octagon seems imminent.

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Do you think we’ll see Conor McGregor fight again soon? Why or Why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Dushyant Patni

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Dushyant Patni is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He fell in love with MMA at the tender age of fourteen and his appreciation for the craft has led him to become a practitioner, too. With a master's degree in English and an extensive background as a writer and editor, he uses his technical ability to articulate the nuances of the sport.
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