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Conor McGregor blames training camp injuries, ‘multiple stress fractures’ for UFC 264 loss

Conor McGregor broke his leg in the UFC 264 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back on July 10 in Las Vegas because he aggravated pre-existing injuries to his shin and ankle. And if you think he’s making excuses for losing to Dustin Poirier, go ask promotion president Dana White or UFC lead physician Dr. Jeffrey Davidson.

You can reach them at 1-800-EAT-CRAP.

“I was injured going into the fight,” McGregor told his Instagram followers. “People were asking me when was the leg break, at what point did the leg break? Ask Dana White. Ask the UFC. Ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew. My leg, I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage. There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring without shin pads, and I was kicking. I kicked the knee a few times, so I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle, and then I had trouble with the ankle anyway throughout the years of fighting all the time. And I also was wrapping my ankle every training session. I even (did) a lot of training sessions when the ankle was sore – I still wouldn’t stop training.”

A story corroborated by coach John Kavanagh.

McGregor, 33, will spend the next six weeks on crutches but expects to begin light training before the end of the year. No doubt UFC will look to squeeze out whatever juice is left in the “Notorious” fruit, so plan for the Irishman’s return at some point in 2022.

Poirier, meanwhile, will move on to fight Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title.

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