Following Conor McGregor’s TKO loss via punches to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh spoke with Ariel Helwani of ESPN earlier this morning, where he provided an update on his fighters leg injury that was suffered in the fight.
In the second round of the five round rematch between McGregor and Poirier, Poirier dropped McGregor with a heavy right hook, which was followed up by a few ground and pound punches before the referee pulled him off.
However, McGregor and his camp are claiming that he went down due to the accumulation of calf kicks absorbed throughout the fight, which resulted in drop foot.
Drop foot in Mixed Martial Arts is when the peroneal nerve in the lower half of the leg is struck, which results in a distinctive way of walking due to an inability to bend the foot upward at the ankle.
According to Kavanagh, the injury McGregor suffered is not severe, and he is expected to make a full recovery within the next 10 days.
“The leg is okay,” Kavanagh said. “It’s going to be a couple days before he’s walking without any hindrance, but there’s no serious damage. That peroneal nerve that runs down on that side of the leg which was kicked a number of times, it was completely dead. Then the leg started filling up with blood as well, (resulting in) restriction. So he couldn’t move on it at all.”
Kavanagh added that McGregor is in “good spirits,” and he is already back to “upper body” weight training while he waits for his leg to fully heal.
“As of today, he’s in good form,” said Kavanagh. He did a very tough workout this morning. He’s already looking for the next date,” adding, “he was pressing for a busy 2020, and nothing has changed. He wants a busy 2021.”
“Like I said, this morning I was walking around the yacht and I was looking for him, and Orla said he’s down at the gym, go downstairs, and after doing like an hour long tough weight workout the morning after a very tough fight, it shows where he’s at mentally,” adding, “He did an upper body workout today. He can do almost anything. I would say within 7-10 days maximum we’ll be back to full training.”