Some fight fans have become worried that Irish fighting superstar Conor McGregor has contracted a staph infection leading into his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on July 10. McGregor and Poirier will meet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Speculation arose of a staph infection after “Notorious” posted a picture of himself on June 29, 2021, flexing while shirtless on a bike. Near his left elbow, McGregor has what appears to be a red mark which could be attributed to some sort of infection.
As pointed out by some fans, it could also be a mark or scrape from throwing elbows or wrestling on a mat. First, here is the Instagram post McGregor put out on Tuesday:
The Twitter account @chimaevsmash posted a zoomed-in shot of Notorious’ elbow, questioning if it’s staph or not. See below:
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McGregor Denied That It’s a Staph Infection in a Later Tweet
According to the man himself, the potential staph infection is nothing to worry about as the mark is from throwing elbows.
On July 1, 2021, a fan wrote to McGregor on Twitter, asking: “Conor please tell me you don’t have a staph infection.”
Notorious replied, “No. Just vicious brain damaging elbows.”
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McGregor vs. Poirier 3 Is a Clash That Will Settle the Score
On July 10, 2021, McGregor and “The Diamond” will meet inside the UFC’s Octagon for the third time, this time to settle the score. They are both 1-1 against each other, with each earning a TKO victory.
In 2014, the two fighters competed in the featherweight division and McGregor made short work of Poirier, finishing him in the first round. Years later, Notorious and Poirier met again but at lightweight. In January of this year, The Diamond avenged his loss to Notorious by finishing him in the second round of their fight at UFC 257.
At UFC 264, McGregor and Poirier will fight in a trilogy match to not only determine who the next likely top contender is to challenge for the 155-pound belt, but also to find out who the champion is of their series.
UFC 264 Fight Card
UFC 264 has some solid fights on the card, including a contest between to top-5 welterweight contenders in the co-main event: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson. View the entire fight card below:
Main Card via ESPN+ PPV
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg Hardy
Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Sean O’Malley vs. Kris Moutinho
Preliminary Card via ESPN and ESPN+
Carlos Condit vs. Max Griffin
Niko Price vs. Michel Pereira
Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria
Trevin Giles vs. Dricus Du Plessis
Early Preliminary Card on ESPN+
Jennifer Maia vs. Jessica Eye
Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jerome Rivera
Hu Yaozong vs. Alen Amedovski