Conor McGregor will be out of action for at least a year following his gruesome leg break last weekend, according to Dana White
McGregor faced long-time rival Dustin Poirier in the main-event bout at UFC 264.
After a heated build-up to the trilogy contest, many fans were expecting the bout to be a potential fight of the year contender.
Instead, Poirier dominated the opening round, landing the heavier shots on the feet as well as some brutal ground-and-pound after McGregor attempted an ill-fated submission. Two of the bouts’ judges scored the round a 10-8 for the Diamond.
The contest would then go from bad to worse for the Irishman. In the final moments of the first round, McGregor fired a one-two combination. After missing with his left hand, he fell backwards, and his ankle appeared to snap.
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 post-event press conference, Dana White indicated that the UFC will look to book yet another clash between McGregor and Poirier, claiming that “the fight didn’t get finished” and that “you can’t have a fight finish that way.”
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"It sucks, it's brutal and it's not the way you want to see fights end," White said. "Dustin Poirier will fight for the title and when Conor is healed and ready to go, we'll do the rematch."
"Listen, the fight didn't get finished," White said. "You can't have a fight finish that way. We'll see how this whole thing plays out. Who knows how long Conor is out. Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready."
"Listen, the rematch is there. You've got the rematch with him and the rematch with Diaz. … To say, definitively? I can't say that right here and now. But you always have that rematch."
While another contest with McGregor would be lucrative for Poirier, it seems the Diamond is more interested in challenging for the UFC’s lightweight title currently held by Charles Oliveira.
McGregor could instead face long-time rival Diaz, former UFC interim champion Tony Ferguson or YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul if he wishes to call time on his MMA career.
In a recent interview with TMZ, White shared the good news that McGregor had been released from the Cedars-Sinai hospital where he received treatment.
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The UFC president also had some bad news for fans of McGregor, suggesting that the Irishman may not fight for well over a year.
“I think they just released him right now from the hospital about 10, 15 minutes ago.
"He'll be in LA for a little while. I don't know if he's gonna fly home, or what he's gonna do."
"He'll be back in a year."
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