VIDEO: Conor McGregor Sparring Hard Before Dustin Poirier Fight Could Be the Reason for Leg Injury

Published 09/04/2021, 10:00 AM 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)


Conor McGregor suffered a horrifying leg break in his last UFC appearance against Dustin Poirier. Although the Irishman came out looking sharp, landing solid strikes of his own, a kick that landed on Poirier’s elbow seems to be the reason for the horrifying injury. 

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Soon after undergoing surgery, McGregor took to Instagram to reveal that he came into the trilogy fight with an injury in the same leg.   

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“Everyone keeps asking me at what point did the leg break?” Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew. I had stress fractures on my leg going into that cage.There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring with no shin pads and I kicked the knee a few times, so I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle.” 

 

Interestingly, McGregor recently took to Instagram to share a video of him sparring ahead of his trilogy fight. Following a brutal knockout loss against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, Conor McGregor promised to make a quick turnaround.

At UFC 257, Poirier’s vicious leg kicks were a major reason why McGregor found himself on the canvas in their rematch. Therefore, going into camp for their trilogy fight at UFC 264, Conor McGregor was looking to make the right adjustments to efficiently counter and neutralize the devastating leg kicks.  

In the sparring video, one can witness McGregor doing rounds with a much bigger opponent. Here, he is throwing a variety of hard leg kicks against a relatively stationary opponent. 

If this is the intensity with which McGregor was kicking the entire time, it makes sense that he was injured going into the fight. 

When will Conor McGregor get the rematch with Dustin Poirier?

For now, Conor McGregor is out of action till at least mid-2022. Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier is getting ready for his title shot against current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Diamond’ seems to be in a great position after his back-to-back wins against McGregor. If Poirier can capture the title, it is unlikely the UFC would offer McGregor a title shot after his recent skid. However, if Poirier fails against the ‘Do Bronx’ at UFC 269, a fourth fight would certainly be on the cards.

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Ultimately, we will get to see the rematch at some point. However, the timing will only become apparent as McGregor recovers and Poirier looks to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the UFC.

What do you think? When will McGregor get the rematch with Poirier? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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