UFC President Dana White Says Conor McGregor will be back after one year following leg surgery.
McGregor suffered a horrific leg injury during his third bout against Dustin Poirier last weekend.
The Notorious has opened as a heavy -280 odds in a potential 4th bout against Poirier.
Good news and bad news for Conor McGregor fans.
First the good news: Conor McGregor has been released from the hospital after undergoing leg surgery last Sunday. He is currently in Los Angeles but is expected to travel home to rest and recover.
The bad news? UFC President Dana White said that he expects McGregor to be out until at least July 2022 which means that the Notorious still has a long road to recovery ahead.
Conor McGregor has been released from hospital, per UFC president Dana White.
The Notorious has had an intramedullary rod placed in his tibia and a plate with screws to his fibula.
White expects him to back in July 2022.
“He’ll be back in a year.”
Via @TMZ_Sports pic.twitter.com/i0WZbddNnX
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) July 15, 2021
Despite the unfortunate ending, an angry McGregor refused to conceded defeat and even boasted that he would’ve stopped Poirier had he not injured his leg. Both White and Poirier sounded open to the possibility of doing a 4th fight to settle their rivalry once and for all. But with McGregor out a year, a lot of things can still happen in between.
Big Underdog in Potential 4th Fight With Poirier
Must go by 12/31/2022 pic.twitter.com/m1rH5MgrlU
— SuperBook Sports (@SuperBookSports) July 11, 2021
If McGregor does end up returning to fight Poirier for a 4th time, he will have to do so as a big betting underdog at the best UFC betting sites. The Las Vegas SuperBook has opened its betting lines for a 4th fight between McGregor and Poirier and according to them, the Notorious is a -200 betting underdog while Poirier has been installed as a sizeable -240 favorite.
The SuperBook says the fight has to happen before before 12/31/22 for those odds to be valid. If Dana White’s timetable is correct, those are the odds that McGregor will have to go up against if he is to redeem himself after suffering consecutive stoppage losses to Poirier.
Despite McGregor’s claims, Poirier dominated him in the first round of their ill-fated UFC 264 bout and won the round in all three judges scorecards, including two 10-8 scores. After some decent stand-up exchanges between the two, McGregor shot for a takedown and was able to secure a guillotine choke position on Poirier. The Diamond got out of it and ended up on top of McGregor where he rained down big punches and elbows on the Irishman.
Poirier Favored Over Oliveira
Dustin Poirier opens up as a favorite in a title fight with Charles Oliveira:
Charles Oliveira +155 (31/20)
Dustin Poirier -180 (5/9)
(odds via @betonline_ag) #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/EAuW72yFBP
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 11, 2021
Aside from being listed as a big betting favorite against Conor McGrgor, Dustin Poirier is also a slight -180 odds on favorite to beat current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira if the latter’s first title defense will be against Poirier.
It can be recalled that Oliveira flew to Las Vegas to be at cageside for the UC 264 main event. Presumably. Do Bronx was there so he could enter the cage after a winner would be declared. However, McGregor’s leg injury created a lot of confusion in the end, and Oliveira became a forgotten man.
Prior to UFC 264, Oliveira said that he had no preference on who his first challenger would be, although he admitted that fighting McGregor would mean a bigger payday. As to beating both McGregor and Poirier, Do Bronx said that he’s confident of his BJJ against both but claimed that he’s going to knock out either of them.