Conor McGregor is probably a long way off from being fully recovered from the broken leg he suffered at UFC 264 this past July, but the Irish star seems to at least be in an optimistic state of mind.
The former UFC two-division champion, who was in New York to attend the MTV Video Music Awards, provided an update on his condition in an interview with journalist Adam Glyn.
“I feel like I could kick right now,” McGregor said. “I honestly feel like I could kick right now, but I’ve just got to listen to the doctors, listen to the people that are guiding me. That’s what I’ve done so far, I’ve committed myself to the work and I’m back on the feet. It’s so good to be back on the feet.”
“Notorious” suffered fractures to his tibia and fibula in a first-round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier on July 10 that required surgery, a procedure that required the insertion of a rod, plate and screws. McGregor admitted that the injury took a toll on him mentally. Despite the fact the he’s feeling stronger, McGregor acknowledged that he’ll listen to his doctors and take his rehabilitation slowly. He’s not expected to return until sometime in 2022 at the earliest.
“I was upset for a little while, it’s not been easy,” McGregor said. “There’s been a few ups and downs on this, it’s probably one of the wildest things that’s ever happened to me in my life. It’s not been fun, smooth sailing, but I got through it. I’ve had my family, my close team by my side, and we’re getting there.
“Still a long way, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, like I said I feel like I can kick now, I’m not advised to kick yet. But I’m gonna get back. You think a broken bone is gonna stop me? Think again.”
McGregor most recently made headlines for an altercation with musician Machine Gun Kelly, which occurred before the MTV awards and allegedly occurred message the ex-champ sent to Kelly’s girlfriend, actress Megan Fox.