Conor McGregor 'Feeling Tremendous' After Surgery on Leg Injury Suffered at UFC 264

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 11, 2021

Conor McGregor is carried off on a stretcher after losing to Dustin Poirier in a UFC 264 lightweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

UFC star Conor McGregor underwent surgery to repair a broken tibia after suffering the gruesome injury against Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas on Saturday at UFC 264.

McGregor provided an update on his status on Twitter, noting he was "feeling tremendous" after the operation:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

Just out of the surgery room guys! Surgery went excellent! Feeling tremendous! 6 weeks on crutch and we build back! Let’s go! God bless 🙏

McGregor later discussed the surgery in a Twitter video, which also saw him call out Poirier's "illegitimate win":

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

Onwards and upwards we go ☘️ <a href="https://t.co/qKgochlT3t">pic.twitter.com/qKgochlT3t</a>

Audie Attar, McGregor's manager, said in a statement that doctors are "confident" the fighter will make a full recovery:

Audie A. Attar @AudieAttar

<a href="https://t.co/cwHxLc9c4Z">pic.twitter.com/cwHxLc9c4Z</a>

TMZ Sports was the first to report McGregor underwent successful surgery.

McGregor, 32, snapped his leg at the end of the first of round of the trilogy fight, which led to a doctor's stoppage in between rounds. It's the first time in McGregor's career he's suffered back-to-back losses—each by way of Poirier.

TMZ noted Dr. Neal El Attrache performed the operation at Cedars Sinai's Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. McGregor (22-6, 19 KOs) is expected to remain in the hospital until the middle of next week.

Surgery was quickly scheduled for Sunday following the injury, according to Mollie Walker of the New York Post.

It's the second straight fight where McGregor has exited with a leg injury. During Poirier's victory over the Irishman at UFC 257, McGregor's fibia and tibia were compromised by unrelenting leg kicks. UFC gave McGregor a six-month medical suspension to recover. Now he'll be out indefinitely once again.

"We don't know long how he's going to be out," UFC president Dana White told reporters. "How much his rehab and therapy he's going to need."

Whenever he's clear to return, White expects a fourth bout with Poirier will be discussed.

McGregor certainly seems like he would be open to that. The MMA icon continued to shout at Poirier from the mat as trainers tended to him, both arguing that he could keep fighting and then calling for the judges to rule the fight a doctor's stoppage.

"The fight didn't get finished," White said. "You can’t have a fight finish that way. We'll see how this whole thing plays out. Who knows how long Conor is out? When Conor is healed and ready to go, we'll do the rematch, I guess. Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready."

The rehab process starts now. How long it will take is up to McGregor's body.