There is currently some debate as to whether Conor McGregor’s claims that he had stress fractures in his shins prior to his UFC 264 fight with Dustin Poirier are true, but Dana White has confirmed that ‘The Notorious’ did have trouble with his ankles heading into the trilogy encounter.
“(McGregor) has had ankle issues for (the) last couple of years,” White told FOX News. “He had asked if he could tape his ankles coming into this fight and he got clearance to do it from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and then he opted not to tape them. I don’t know why. He has chronic arthritis in his ankles.”
Looking to the future, McGregor has vowed to rehab after having surgery on his leg break, and he’s made it clear he wants a fourth fight with Poirier, but White says it’ll be quite some time before he could make a comeback, and he’s not willing to commit to whether we’ll definitely see him back in the Octagon again.
“It’s going to take him a year to recover from this one before he can come back, so I don’t know,” White said. “We’ll see. The fight game is a tough game and the kid has cemented a massive legacy for himself and made a lot of money. We’ll see how the rest of his career plays out.”