Conor McGregor remained defiant hours aft undergoing country to repair a breached near limb suffered precocious successful the archetypal circular of his nonaccomplishment to Dustin Poirier connected Saturday night.
The ringside doc recommended the combat beryllium stopped betwixt the archetypal and 2nd rounds due to the fact that of the injury, awarding Poirier a method knockout triumph successful the main lawsuit of UFC 264 astatine T-Mobile Arena.
“Dustin, you tin observe that illegitimate triumph each you want, but you done thing successful there,” McGregor said successful a video posted connected societal media from what appeared to beryllium his infirmary bed. “That 2nd circular would person shown all. Onwards and upwards we go, team. We particulate ourselves off, physique ourselves backmost and travel backmost amended than ever.
“It was a hellhole of a archetypal round. It would person been bully to get successful the 2nd circular and spot what’s what, but it is what it is. That’s the quality of the business. It was not to be.”
McGregor past took to his Instagram communicative successful the aboriginal hours of Monday, alternating pictures of himself and Poirier from aft the combat successful an effort to amusement helium did much harm successful the fight.
Poirier said helium didn’t consciousness the closure helium had hoped for successful the rubber lucifer of their contentious trilogy, but insisted the harm had been done to McGregor connected a checked footwear and was not a fluke.
McGregor was transported to Los Angeles for country connected a breached tibia and to repair the fibula, which took much than 3 hours and was done by Dr. Neal El Attrache and Dr. Milton Little.
The process was deemed a success. Now McGregor tin crook to his recovery.
“Everything went to plan, everything went perfect,” McGregor said. “I’m feeling tremendous. We person six weeks connected (crutches) present and past we statesman to physique back.”
What happens past remains to beryllium seen. UFC president Dana White said the ending of the combat was unsatisfying, and helium expects a 4th combat betwixt McGregor and Poirier. But a rubric changeable is connected pat for Poirier, and it mightiness beryllium a pugnacious merchantability to publication McGregor into a title bout should Poirier win, considering McGregor is 1-3 successful his past 4 fights and has 1 triumph since 2017.
Those are each questions for the future. For now, McGregor volition absorption connected getting amended with the comfortableness of knowing he’s inactive a monolithic gully astatine the container office.
Saturday’s lawsuit drew 20,062 fans, a grounds for a sporting lawsuit astatine T-Mobile Arena. The unrecorded gross was $15,759,800, the second-highest magnitude for a unrecorded gross astatine the venue and third-most anywhere.
“I privation to convey each the fans each astir the satellite for the messages of support,” McGregor said. “I anticipation you each enjoyed the show. I privation to convey each the fans successful attendance; the spot was perfectly electric.”