Dana White claimed Conor McGregor had chronic arthritis before octagon leg snap
UFC president Dana White has claimed that Conor McGregor was suffering from “chronic arthritis in his ankles” weeks before his recent loss to Dustin Poirier.
McGregor faced long-time rival Poirier in the main-event bout at UFC 264.
While fans were expecting a close contest between the pair, which took place just 6 months after their previous fight, Poirier dominated the opening round, landing the heavier shots on the feet as well as some brutal ground-and-pound.
In the final moments of the first round, the contest would go from bad to worse for McGregor. The Irishman fired a one-two combination and after missing with his left hand, fell backwards, and appeared to snap his left ankle.
The former UFC two-weight world champion collapsed on the canvas and Poirier jumped on top to land even more ground-and-pound.
The round ended just seconds after the injury and the UFC’s doctor told referee Herb Dean that McGregor was not fit to continue fighting, meaning Poirier was victorious via doctor’s stoppage.
In the weeks following the loss, McGregor has claimed that he was dealing with a hairline fracture in his lower left leg just weeks prior to his clash with Poirier, and suggested that was responsible for the injury he suffered during the fight.
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The former two-weight UFC champion also stated that Dana White and the UFC were aware of the injury, and in a recent interview with Fox News, White was asked about McGregor’s claims.
While the UFC president suggested that he knew the Irishman was dealing with “chronic arthritis in his ankles”, he refused to comment on McGregor’s hairline fracture claims.
“[McGregor] has had ankle issues for [the] last couple of years,” White said.
“He had asked if he could tape his ankles coming into this fight and he got clearance to do it from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and then he opted not to tape them.
“I don’t know why. He has chronic arthritis in his ankles.”
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