The hype-train is stuck at the station.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White broke some major mixed martial arts (MMA) news on Fox Sports Live earlier tonight, and it wasn't good this time. The recently super-hyped prospect Conor McGregor will be sidelined 10 months following a complete tear to his ACL, an MCL strain and a posterior horn meniscal tear, and he will need surgery.
So much for calling out everyone in his division (and even some who weren't). A potential match-up against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 14 winner Diego Brandao had also been brewing, but those plans have been majorly delayed.
The brash Irishman made a big splash in his UFC debut, crushing Marcus Brimage with a violent first round knockout, and he was promoted heavily leading up to his second bout in the promotion, even getting the main event treatment for his fight against Max Holloway last weekend (Aug. 17, 2013) despite fighting on the UFC Fight Night 26 preliminary card in Boston.
McGregor won a decision against Holloway, but his performance was a bit off, and he revealed in his post-fight interview that he had "felt his knee pop" in the second round.
Not a good sign.
White promised in the post-fight press conference to have the "Notorious" fighter flown out to Vegas to be treated by the best physicians in the world, but the damage had already been done.
Thankfully, McGregor makes enough noise with his mouth that he shouldn't have any problem staying relevant in the news cycle until he's fully rehabilitated. If all goes well, he might even be ready for that Ireland event in the third quarter of 2014.