Dana White on Conor McGregor: “He has chronic arthritis in his ankles”

UFC 264 took place Saturday, July 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card streamed on pay-per-view while the prelims on ESPN/ESPN+. For the complete and official results you can go here and for the Venum Payout and Bonuses you can go here.

Conor McGregor stated that the UFC were aware of his preexisting injury. In an interview with “Watters’ World” on Fox News, White was asked if it was known McGregor was dealing with an injury. White then revealed: “(McGregor) has had ankle issues for (the) last couple of years,” White said. “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.”

As we remember, McGregor broke his leg/ankle with seconds remaining in the first round of his trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier.

McGregor underwent successful surgery the next day and released a video where he stated Dana White and UFC physician Dr. Davidson were aware of stress fractures prior to UFC 264.

McGregor’s return is unsure but it is estimated a one-year timeline on McGregor’s recovery. Dana had this to say: “It’s going to take him a year to recover from this one before he can come back, so I don’t know. 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.”

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