Conor McGregor has said that he needed to get treatment on his leg before he stepped into the octagon with Dustin Poirier on Saturday night.
The Irishman suffered an horrific leg break in the final seconds of the first round of his trilogy bout with Poirier and the bout was instantly called off in the corner, giving Poirier a win.
And despite theories that a block from the American caused the gnarly injury, McGregor has said that he was feeling the effects during training camp, weeks before fighting Poirier.
In an injury update on Instagram, which was viewed 2million times in the first two hours of being uploaded, the Irishman detailed what went wrong to cause the injury.
“The leg is better than ever,” McGregor said. “I was injured going into the fight. People are asking me, ‘When was the leg broke? At what point did the leg break?’
"Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC, they knew, I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage.
“There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring without shin pads and I would kick the knee a few times.
"So I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle and then I have trouble with the ankle anyway throughout the years of f***ing fighting all the time.
"And I also was rapping me ankle every training session.”
McGregor said that training with a severe injury helped him to develop his skills off his back, which caused Poirier trouble during their one round of action.
He pulled guillotine in the round in an effort to finish Poirier with his first submission victory in the promotion, but it was in vein and ultimately cost him position.
“I even done a lot of training sessions when the ankle was sore, I still wouldn’t stop training,” McGregor continued.
“I used to just train on me back and that’s how I developed those ground-and-pound shots from the back, that’s why Dustin backed away from me when he was on top of me and I was landing the up-kicks and the elbows.
“It’s a horrible place to be in when you’re against someone like me, it takes so much effort to try and land shots from your top position.
"While you’re trying to do that and you’re losing your energy and you’re getting lumped at with downward elbows and vicious upkicks.
"It was a skill I developed because I had the damaged leg and I had to adjust me training.”
McGregor is expected to return to fighting despite the severity of the injury, but it won't be until at the earliest next year.
Meanwhile, Poirier will go on to face UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira later this year in a massive title bout, while promotional boss Dana White has said a fourth bout could happen down the line.
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