Conor McGregor has insisted he feels like he can kick again after sustaining a leg fracture during his defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 – and also admitted his road to recovery “wasn’t easy” and left him “upset” .
The outspoken McGregor suffered a grizzly combined tibia and fibula fracture at the end of the first round of his trilogy fight against Poirier in July, and has been recovering and working on his fitness since surgery.
He recently visited New York to present at the MTV Music Video Awards, where he bizarrely confronted rapper Machine Gun Kelly and gave a reporter an update on his fitness and future ambitions.
Conor McGregor reveals he feels like he can now ‘kick’ during his recovery from fracture
McGregor suffered a combined tibia and fibula fracture at the hands of Dustin Poirier
During the interview, McGregor admitted that he’s already eager to get back into action, but plans to listen to his doctors’ advice to ensure his hiatus heals completely.
“I feel like I could kick now,” McGregor said Adam Glyn. “I really feel like I can pedal now, but I just have to listen to the doctors, to the people who guide me.
“That’s what I’ve done so far, I’ve committed to work and I’m back on my feet. It’s so good to be back on your feet.’
The outspoken fighter has been regularly updating his followers as he tries to regain his fitness
McGregor’s first-round defeat to Poirier was his second to his nemesis in their three fights to date, and the dire consequences saw him insulting his family, including his wife.
As a result, McGregor’s state of mind has been questioned by some and the Notorious has admitted his injury layoff has taken its toll.
“I was upset for a while, it hasn’t been easy,” he added. “There’s been a few ups and downs, it’s probably one of the wildest things that’s ever happened to me in my life.
“It wasn’t fun, smooth sailing, but I got through it. I’ve had my family, my close-knit team by my side, and we’ll get there.
McGregor was recently able to walk again and is already focused on his return to the Octagon
“I still have a long way to go, I don’t want to get too far ahead of things, like I said, I feel like I can pedal now, I’m not getting the advice to pedal yet. But I’ll be back. Do you think a broken bone will stop me? Think again.’
He also plans to set an example to his children during his recovery by saying, “I left my son, I was jumping and” [doing] 360 flips and the next time he sees me I’m in this chair and I can’t walk and that played on me a little bit.
“But as the weeks go by and I recover, I’m getting better and stronger and my son and my kids are seeing it. He can see the work I have put into it and he can see the rewards and I know he will like this.
“He will be able to see that his father is doing the work and that you are getting up again.”
After his loss to Poirier and injury, McGregor admitted he was ‘just upset’
McGregor, meanwhile, has been advised to go into a ‘tuning-up fight’ against Nate Diaz ahead of a possible fourth showdown with Poirier, in order to ‘blow away the ring rust’.
Diaz inflicted McGregor’s first professional defeat in 2016 with a choking win, but the Irishman exacted his revenge with a win later that year.
The duo has often been linked with a trilogy of their own, and Bisping admitted he wants to see it happen.
“Hopefully we’ll see that fight,” Bisping said on the… Do you believe me podcasting.
Michael Bisping (right) says McGregor must engage in a ‘tun-up fight’ before encountering Poirier again
“I’m not sure if he wants to come back, Conor I’m talking about, after what will probably be a year’s layoff and fighting Dustin for the third time.
“You kind of want to get your whistle wet. Find your mojo, blow that ring rust off. Nate would be the man. Then, when Conor beats Nate, he fights Dustin because, you know, they’re going to have a fourth fight.
“The fourth fight will definitely be huge, but I think if I was Conor’s manager, if I advised him, I’d say ‘make a tune-up fight,’ you know what I mean?”