Dustin Poirier came out victorious against Conor McGregor in their rubber match at UFC 264, Conor suffered a devastating injury in the first round as he broke his foot and couldn’t compete further.
Conor is in the rehabilitation process, and now Dustin has come out and revealed that Conor’s leg kicks actually damaged his knee, and he had to deal with a lot of pain after that fight.
Dustin joined the American Top Team’s Punchin’ In podcast, where he revealed how Conor’s kicks affected him, he said, “I’ve been checked by a lot of heavy kickers, but never before have I left fight week and been sore on my actual bone, like my knee was sore. Not my thigh or calf, my knee was sore.”
Although Conor’s kicks were painful, Dustin believes Justin Gaethje hits the hardest, “Gaethje partially tore my quad. In the fight, him not caring about position, throwing kicks as hard as he can just to land them, not worrying about repercussions. No setups.”
Dustin Poirier believes his checks contributed significantly in Conor McGregor’s leg injury
Although Dustin doesn’t know for sure what caused Conor’s injury, he believes the checks definitely contributed to the fracture, he said, “I just know from getting kicked and kicking so many times over the years that when a kick land bad I just know it kind of hurts both of us even though it’s hitting my knee, it hurts the other guy a lot more. Just from sparring rounds I just know. There was one kick I turned my knee out a little bit. I didn’t have my weight like a traditional check and I knew that was a bad one for him. I knew that one hurt bad.”
“I think it was on top of his foot, but you never know if that could have caused torque on his shin bone and cracked it. I don’t know, he was throwing hard kicks, and a lot of them were hitting my knee. I didn’t get to traditionally check the kicks, but I did turn my knee out and it was bone-on-bone and it was worse for him.”