The Live crowd at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, and the people watching around the world, one of the most awaited trilogy fight of the UFC’s history between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier witnessed the most dreadful ending to it.
‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor faced a devastating leg injury towards the end of the first round that resulted in the fight being ended as doctor stoppage and Poirier securing a second win over McGregor.
After this injury in his interview with Laura Sanko, Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh informs that McGregor sustained a leg injury during the training camp for his trilogy fight against Poirier at UFC 264.
Kavanagh says, “Little bit of that ankle injury had been aggravated during the camp, we’d gotten a scan on it. Did that have a small part to play in weakening it? I don’t know. … We were [with] Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a pretty famous orthopedic surgeon here in LA. We were with him a couple weeks ago to get a scan on the ankle.”
“They say, you think when you look at an MRI or a CAT scan, it’s perfect. But they say it’s like listening to an engine. A very skilled mechanic can maybe pick up something off it, but it’s not till you open it up that you see it.”
John Kavanagh added, “There might’ve been something in there. It would seem unusual that a young, healthy, fit man could wrap his foot around an elbow without there have been something there before. But you can sort of play those guessing games all day long.”
John Kavanagh added Conor McGregor’s leg gets wrapped around Poirier’s elbow
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier had a really intense first round and ‘The Notorious’ landed some good shots on Poirier as well. But there was one moment when Poirier blocked McGregor’s leg kick with his elbow and according to coach, John Kavanagh that’s the moment where his ankle got fractured.
Kavanagh added, “You can watch it back, and that’s clearly where the fracture happened, He very aggressively threw that kick, Dustin shelled with the lead hand, and the foot wraps around the elbow in a similar fashion to where poor old Silva and Weidman, they wrapped around the shin McGregor wrapped his shin around the elbow.”
“He stands back on it, and you can see the bone almost protrude through the skin. I don’t know how he didn’t fall there. But he comes in then, they exchange crosses, they both miss with their back hands, he goes to step back on it, and that’s when it’s that horrifying fold underneath.”
In the end, he gave full credit to Dustin Poirier for this victory. Kavanagh added, “Credit to Dustin, He won. It’s an unfulfilling end to the night.”
“It doesn’t feel properly finished. … It’s hard to imagine him not wanting to come back and do this again.”