Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor has undergone successful surgery on his lower left leg, after suffering a gruesome injury during his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
McGregor fractured his left tibia and fibula at the end of the first round of Saturday night's main event, forcing the fight to be stopped after only one round. The Irishman's manager Audie Attar released a statement across his social media platforms, confirming that McGregor had undergone a three-hour operation that was successful in repairing the injuries. Doctors Neal ElAttrache and Milton Little were McGregor's physicians for the procedure in Los Angeles, California, and according to Attar's statement believe that Conor will make a full recovery. McGregor then released the following tweet himself saying that he felt tremendous after the operation and expects to be on crutches for six weeks to start the rehabilitation process.
Just out of the surgery room guys! Surgery went excellent! Feeling tremendous! 6 weeks on crutch and we build back! Let’s go! God bless --— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 12, 2021
He then went on to release a video statement from his hospital bed to reiterate the update on his injury, while also discrediting Poirier's victory.
"What's up fight fans, The Notorious here just out of the surgery room," McGregor said. "Everything went to plan, everything went perfect. I'm feeling tremendous, we got six weeks on a crutch now, and then we begin to build back. I want to thank all the fans, all around the world, for your messages of support. I hope you all enjoyed the show. I want to thank all the fans in attendance at the T-Mobile Arena. 21,800 fans in attendance, the place was absolutely electric. It was a hell of a first-round, it would've been nice to get into that second round and then to see what's what, but it is what it is. That's the nature of the business, a clean break of the tibia and it was not to be. Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want, but you've done nothing in there. That second round would've shown all, and ya know onwards and upwards we go team. We dust ourselves off, we build ourselves back, and we come back better than ever. Let's go team."
Onwards and upwards we go pic.twitter.com/qKgochlT3t— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 12, 2021