‘In April I’ll be sparring full of mixed martial arts’: Conor McGregor reveals details of comeback plan for first time since broken leg
- Conor McGregor recovers from broken leg he suffered in July
- Irishman struggles on the sidelines, but sees light at the end of the tunnel
- ‘In April I will be sparring full of mixed martial arts. Easy,” said lightweight
- McGregor believes his first fight will be for the title, despite a recent record
Conor McGregor, who underwent surgery for a broken leg during a July fight against Dustin Poirier, said on Saturday that he expects to be back to full sparring in April.
He expects that by the time he can spar, a return to the Octagon is imminent.
McGregor’s competitive future was in doubt after sustaining the injury during a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier, but the Irishman expects to fully resume his career.
Conor McGregor suffered a broken leg in his third fight against Dustin Poirier in July
‘In April I will be sparring full of mixed martial arts. Easy!’ McGregor, 33, said during a Twitter Q&A with his followers. “By then, a return is imminent. But I have to be patient. I’ll beat this!’
As a tense first frame of five minutes against Poirier drew to a close in Las Vegas, both fighters were still trying to land as McGregor stumbled backwards, pinching his foot beneath him and breaking his leg.
Doctors were immediately called into the Octagon and it was clear that McGregor was unable to continue, prompting the referee to stop the fight on the doctor’s instruction. The stoppage marked McGregor’s third loss in his last four fights in the UFC.
McGregor has promised a comeback next spring and thinks he will fight for the title
McGregor, whose brash demeanor and highlight knockouts helped him achieve fame, said he is in no rush to return, but rather is taking a patient approach to his recovery.
‘The fibula has completely healed. The medial side of the tibia also develops quite callused,” McGregor wrote.
‘Now it’s just a matter of patience for the bone to form to the lateral side of the tibia where the larger fracture occurred. It’s coming. Patience will win this race for me!’
McGregor was also asked for his thoughts on Kamaru Usman’s recent title defense against Colby Covington and was disdainful of the welterweight champion.
The Irishman is frustrated on the sidelines, but there is light at the end of the tunnel
He wrote: ‘I thought Colby lumped him together a nice last fight. Finished stronger. Without that second round knockdown it’s Colby’s fight imo. If even. I see a lot of holes. As well as a suspicious dome. I’m really looking forward to the treble.’
Charles Oliveira is the lightweight champion and will defend his title against Dustin Poirier next month.
Justin Gaethje believes he will meet the winner of that match and it seems more likely that McGregor will face another top 10 opponent rather than jumping straight for the title as he is currently number 9 in the division.