Conor McGregor was not injured prior to his bout with Dustin Poirier according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, despite the Irishman’s recent claim that he was dealing with a hairline fracture in his lower left leg ahead of the clash.
McGregor faced long-time rival Poirier in the main-event bout at UFC 264 last weekend.
After a heated build-up to the trilogy contest, many fans were expecting the bout to be a potential fight of the year contender, with McGregor claiming he would make Poirier “pay with his life.”
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.
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Since the bout, 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.
However, yesterday Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that they had no knowledge of either fighter entering the bout with an injury.
The NSAC, who recently made the bold decision to no longer punish athletes for marijuana use, regulates all combat sports events that take place in Nevada.
The organisation is responsible for ensuring the safety of athletes and the correct enforcement of MMA’s unique ruleset, among other things.
In a recent interview, Bennett claimed his team had no knowledge of McGregor entering the bout with a serious injury to his lower leg and wouldn’t have let the Irishman compete if such an injury had existed.
“If we ever knowingly had information a fighter wasn’t fit to fight, we wouldn’t let them compete,” Bennett said.
“It would go to a doctor, and a doctor would make that decision as the expert.”
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