Conor McGregor has vowed to make a comeback after suffering a devastating leg injury in his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier, but his return to the Octogen could be much later than originally planned.
UFC President Dana White told Fox News "Watters 'World " Jesse Watters on Sunday that McGregor will take at least a year to recover because he has been dealing with "chronic arthritis in his ankles " for a while.
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"It's going to take a year for him to recover from this one before he can come back… Fighting the game is hard play and the child has cemented a massive legacy for himself and made a lot of money. We'll see how the rest of his career plays out, "White said.
" He has had ankle problems for the past two years. He had asked If he could tape his ankles before this fight and he got clearance to do so from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, then he chose not to tape them, "White continued.
Conor McGregor holds his right ankle while fighting Dustin Poirier in a UFC 264 lightweight mixed martial arts bout on Saturday July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher)
"I don't know why. He suffers from chronic arthritis in his ankles. "
During UFC 264, McGregor was taken out of thecage on a stretcher at the end of the first round after breaking the leg just above the ankle. He was released last week after undergoing three-hour surgery to repair fractures of his fibula and tibia.
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The Irishman said on social media that he had been wounded before the fight of July 10.
"Ask Dana Blanc. Ask UFC. Ask Dr. Davidson - UFC 's chief medical officer. I had a stress fracture in my leg on entering in that cage. It was debated whether to remove the thing ... I had several stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle, then still had ankle issues for all those years of fighting all the time.
White Sunday's commentshe appeared to confirm McGregor's claims, but the Nevada Athletic Commission said the data Las Vegas Review-Journal Friday that they were unaware of any injuries.
"If never did we knowingly have information that a fighter wasn 't fit to fight, we would not let them compete, "said executive director Bob Bennett out. "It would go to a doctor and a doctor would make that decision as an expert.
McGregor said on Twitter after surgery that he would be on crutches for at least six weeks , but promised to make a comeback.