Onwards and upwards we go pic.twitter.com/qKgochlT3t— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 12, 2021
Conor McGregor expects to make a relatively swift recovery after undergoing surgery to repair a broken leg suffered in the UFC 264 headliner on Saturday night.
According to TMZ Sports, McGregor had a successful three-and-a-half hour procedure performed by Dr. Neal Ellatrache, the head team physician for the Los Angeles Dodger and the Los Angeles Rams, and trauma orthopedic surgeon Milton Little in Los Angeles where an intramedullary rod was inserted into his tibia and a small plate and screws were attached to the fibula.
McGregor suffered a broken leg when he stepped awkwardly after missing a punch against Dustin Poirier in their trilogy bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout was then waved off by a cageside doctor before the second round.
McGregor tweeted that he expects to be on crutches for six weeks after the procedure. The Dublin native will remain in the hospital until Tuesday or Wednesday. The former two-division champion later released a video message directed at Poirier.
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— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 12, 2021
“Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you done nothing in there,” McGregor said. “That second round would have shown all. Onwards and upwards we go team. We dust ourselves off, we build ourselves back and we come back better than ever.”
McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, released a statement with a positive prognosis for the fighter’s recovery.
“Conor is in recovery after three hours of surgery,” Attar wrote. “The surgery was successful repairing fractures of his tibia and fibula. His physicians included Dr. Neal ElAttrache from Kerlan-Jobb, Conor’s long time orthopedist and trauma surgeon Dr. Milton Little from Cedars-Sinai.
“Both doctors are confident that with time he will make a full recovery. We anticipate his return to the Octagon.”