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Conor McGregor Undergoes Successful 3.5 Hours Surgery, Six-Week Recovery Timetable Set

McGregor Breaks Ankle UFC 264

Conor McGregor had a 3.5 hours surgery on Sunday to repair the fracture of his tibia and fibula and is expected to be in crutches for six weeks.
McGregor underwent surgery under famed sports doctor Dr. Neal El Attrache and Dr. Milton Little.
Head coach John Kavanaugh admitted that McGregor suffered an ankle injury during training camp which could’ve contributed to Saturday’s freak injury.

Good news for UFC fans. Conor McGregor is on the mend after suffering a horrific leg injury at the main event of UFC 264 last Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The Irishman underwent successful surgery to repair fractures to his tibia and fibula on Sunday and by all indications, all is well with the Notorious who is expected to make a full recovery and return to the octagon.

Conor McGregor tweeted an update after having successful surgery on his injured leg.

According to his manager, McGregor suffered a fractured tibia and fibula at #UFC264 (via @TheNotoriousMMA, @AudieAttar) pic.twitter.com/MvKSII26EX

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 2021

McGregor in High Spirits

Conor McGregor tweeted an update after having successful surgery on his injured leg.

According to his manager, McGregor suffered a fractured tibia and fibula at #UFC264 (via @TheNotoriousMMA, @AudieAttar) pic.twitter.com/MvKSII26EX

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 2021

As announced by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 264 post-fight press conference, McGregor had surgery on Sunday afternoon at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. where he was transported after the fight.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal El Attrache from Kerlan Jobbe who is McGregor’s longtime orthopedist and Dr. Milton Little, an trauma orthopedic surgeon. It lasted for more than three hours ( 3.5 hours as reported by TMZ) and it involved the insertion of an intramedullary rod in his tibia and a small plate and screw to repair the fibula.

Dr. El Attrache is the head team physician of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Rams. Among his well-known patients were the late Kobe Bryant, Zack Greinke, and Tom Brady.

After the surgery, McGregor seemed to be in high spirits when he tweeted a six-week timeline for his recovery:

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

He seemed to be in a calm mood as compared to the hysterical Irishman he was after the fight was declared a KO loss for him. You can’t blame the guy for his antics after the fight. Mystic Mac was determined to put away Poirier so bad that he predicted The Diamond would leave the arena on a stretcher. As fate would have it, it was McGregor who was carted out of the arena in one.

Blocked Teep Kick Caused Initial Fracture

Coach John Kavanaugh states that it was the teep kick that was blocked by Dustin’s elbow just before the nasty break we saw that initially fractured the leg. Also mentioned that Conor used the incorrect form of the kick for the stance Poirier was in… pic.twitter.com/GIqga1811j

— Focused Conor 🥃 (@FocusedConor) July 11, 2021

McGregor’s coach John Kavanaugh revealed to MMA journalist Laura Senko that it was the teep kick that was blocked by Dustin Poirier’s elbow that caused the initial fracture. That sequence happened immediately prior to the punching exchange between the two fighters where McGregor pulled back and broke his leg while trying to plant his feet.

John Kavanaugh just told Laura Sanko that the initial fracture occurred when Dustin blocked a teep kick with his elbow. pic.twitter.com/5ggIZLxsiR

— The MMA Dude™ (@philthemmadude) July 11, 2021

That’s contrary to the claim of Poirier during his interviews that he felt the initial leg break at the 4:40 mark of the fight when he checked a leg kick and pointed to McGregor’s leg after the Irishman threw the kick:

The point. 👉#UFC264 pic.twitter.com/wWPmbvUlpb

— Ben Eby 🚀🚀🚀 (@TheBenEby) July 11, 2021

Kavanaugh also talked about a pre-existing injury suffered by McGregor during training camp to the same leg which may have contributed to its fragility on fight night. According to Kavanaugh, McGregor visited a doctor in LA in the weeks leading to UFC 264 to have his left leg scanned. Kavanaugh says eventually, McGregor was cleared to fight but he theorizes that ankle injury could’ve contributed to Saturday night’s freak accident.