Conor McGregor underwent three hours of surgery on Sunday, less than 24 hours after suffering a “clean” break of his left shinbone during a devastating UFC defeat to American brawler Dustin Poirier.
Doctors revealed that McGregor broke his left tibia and fibula bones in the opening round of the non-title lightweight bout in Las Vegas.
McGregor said in a video message posted on social media that he expects to be on crutches for six weeks before eventually making a return.
“Conor is in recovery after three hours of surgery,” McGregor’s agent Audie Attar said. “The surgery was successful repairing fractures of his tibia and fibula.”
He added doctors were “confident that with time, he would make a full recovery. We anticipate his return to the octagon.”
Poirier overpowered McGregor on Saturday at T-Mobile arena, winning their trilogy fight by a TKO after the Irishman snapped his left leg in the waning seconds of the opening round.
The fight was officially ruled as a “doctor’s stoppage” at the end of the first round after a bloodied McGregor swung and missed a punch then stumbled backwards, his lower leg grotesquely buckling under him near the edge of the octagon.