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NAC denies knowing about any issue with Conor McGregor’s leg before UFC 264

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If “Notorious” was injured going into his third fight with Dustin Poirier, he didn’t mention anything to Nevada’s athletic commission about it.

UFC 264: Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor 3 Photo By Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Was Conor McGregor’s leg already injured before he stepped into the cage against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264? If it was, Nevada Athletic Commission didn’t know anything about it,

“If we ever knowingly had information a fighter wasn’t fit to fight, we wouldn’t let them compete,” NAC head Bob Bennett told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It would go to a doctor and a doctor would make that decision as the expert.”

McGregor has been putting up images and videos to back up his claim that the leg injury he suffered against Poirier (see it) was one he carried into the fight and not the result of checked kicks on Poirier’s part.

“Ask Dana White. Ask the UFC. Ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC,” McGregor said. “They knew. My leg, I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage.”

If UFC knew anything, it didn’t relay it to Nevada’s commission. Neither, apparently, did McGregor’s team when it filled out medical forms clearing McGregor to fight.

In the end, it all kind of works out for McGregor. He and his fans get an excuse, Dustin Poirier gets robbed of credit, and now McGregor gets a surgically-improved leg. How true any of those three things are, well ...

“I would have never committed to going under the knife unless something like this happened,” McGregor said after his three-hour surgery. “So, something like this happened and I’m getting exactly what I needed, and what I needed was a titanium shin bone. Now, I have a titanium rod from my knee to the ankle, and the doctor says it’s unbreakable.”


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