It’s been four months since Conor McGregor broke his leg inside the Octagon at UFC 264 in July 2021. And one thing is clear, “Notorious” has every intention of making the walk to the cage again.
The Irishman has claimed on several occasions that he entered the trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier with a pre-injured left leg. And that’s why it broke in the latter part of the first round.
McGregor underwent surgery the day after the July 10th injury in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he’s been rehabilitating his leg ever since.
The former two-division UFC champion took to Twitter on November 22, 2021, to share a photo of himself training with a shin pad on his leg left, claiming that the photo was taken during his training camp for UFC 264. Notorious wrote that he already had stress fractures in the leg prior to his third clash with Poirier.
“I will no have issue returning from this injury,” McGregor tweeted. “Not an iota of issue. I’ve already prepared for a fight under these exact conditions. Here is a snap from my last camp. At @McGregorFast HQ with team. Shin pad taped on to the left leg due to stress fractures /trauma.”
Notorious then shared a bold message to all his “enemies.”
“Me and all you pull out merchants are not the same!” McGregor continued. “You are b**** made and I’m now steel. This game has just begun. Know that all my enemies are of similar age and experience, and for this reason, I hereby declare this war forever! McGregor Forever.”
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Notorious Is 1-3 in His Last 4 UFC Fights
McGregor has found little success inside the Octagon since winning the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in 2016 at UFC 205. The Irishman is only 1-3 since then.
He lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in his next MMA bout via fourth-round submission in October 2018. Notorious then went on a hiatus and returned in January 2020 to fight Donald Cerrone, who he finished by TKO in only 40 seconds.
After another year away, McGregor fought Poirier in January 2021 and lost by second-round TKO, and then to “The Diamond” again in July 2021 due to the first-round leg break.
In 2017, Notorious also lost a boxing bout to Floyd Mayweather Jr., making his combat sports record 1-4 since becoming a first-ever simultaneous two-division UFC champion.
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McGregor Says He Landed ‘Nasty’ Strikes from His Back in the Trilogy Match
McGregor was happy with the work he did while on his back in the third Poirier bout. A fan recently shared a clip of Notorious landing elbows on The Diamond while Poirier was on top of him.
“Really nasty elbows and upkicks for sure,” McGregor replied. “That or maybe a really annoying blue bottle was around him after the fight, lol. Make no mistake they are not looking forward to what is coming. I will be back and it will be settled. Once and for all.”
Watch the clip below: