Conor McGregor gives update on UFC 264 leg injury: ‘I feel like I could kick right now’

Dustin Poirier and Conor Mcgregor | Photo By Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty ImagesConor McGregor likely won’t be returning to action anytime soon, but “The Notorious” is definitely getting that itch to start striking again. During his recent visit to New York to present at the MTV Music Video Awards—which led to a confrontation with rapper Machine Gun Kelly—McGregor provided an update to journalist Adam Glyn about how he’s recovering from the broken leg he suffered in his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July. As McGregor puts it, he already wants to get back into action even if he’s listening to his doctors who say otherwise. “I feel like I could kick right now,” McGregor said. “I honestly feel like I could kick right now, but I’ve just got to listen to the doctors, listen to the people that are guiding me. That’s what I’ve done so far, I’ve committed myself to the work and I’m back on the feet. It’s so good to be back on the feet.” McGregor suffered fractures to his tibia and fibula that resulted in a first-round stoppage loss to Poirier, his second loss to “The Diamond” in their trilogy. The former two-division champion hurled personal insults at Poirier and his family in the aftermath of the fight, which has led critics like Michael Bisping to speculate on McGregor’s state of mind. He admitted that being laid up by an injury has taken a mental toll on him. “I left my son, I was jumping and [doing] 360 flips and then the next time he sees me I’m in this seat and I can’t walk and that was kind of playing on me a little bit,” McGregor continued. “But then as the weeks have gone by and recovery, I’m getting better and stronger and my son and my children are seeing it... He can see the work I’ve put in and he can see the rewards and I know that’s going to rub off well on him. He’s going to be able to see his father put the work in and you rise back to your feet.” With a comeback not expected to occur until sometime in 2022, McGregor is staying patient and also resolute that he will compete at a high level again. “I was upset for a little while, it’s not been easy,” McGregor said. “There’s been a few ups and downs on this, it’s probably one of the wildest things that’s ever happened to me in my life. It’s not been fun, smooth sailing, but I got through it. I’ve had my family, my close team by my side, and we’re getting there. “Still a long way, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, like I said I feel like I can kick now, I’m not advised to kick yet. But I’m gonna get back. You think a broken bone is gonna stop me? Think again.”

Conor McGregor gives update on UFC 264 leg injury: ‘I feel like I could kick right now’
Dustin Poirier and Conor Mcgregor | Photo By Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Conor McGregor likely won’t be returning to action anytime soon, but “The Notorious” is definitely getting that itch to start striking again.

During his recent visit to New York to present at the MTV Music Video Awards—which led to a confrontation with rapper Machine Gun Kelly—McGregor provided an update to journalist Adam Glyn about how he’s recovering from the broken leg he suffered in his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July.

As McGregor puts it, he already wants to get back into action even if he’s listening to his doctors who say otherwise.

“I feel like I could kick right now,” McGregor said. “I honestly feel like I could kick right now, but I’ve just got to listen to the doctors, listen to the people that are guiding me. That’s what I’ve done so far, I’ve committed myself to the work and I’m back on the feet. It’s so good to be back on the feet.”

McGregor suffered fractures to his tibia and fibula that resulted in a first-round stoppage loss to Poirier, his second loss to “The Diamond” in their trilogy. The former two-division champion hurled personal insults at Poirier and his family in the aftermath of the fight, which has led critics like Michael Bisping to speculate on McGregor’s state of mind.

He admitted that being laid up by an injury has taken a mental toll on him.

“I left my son, I was jumping and [doing] 360 flips and then the next time he sees me I’m in this seat and I can’t walk and that was kind of playing on me a little bit,” McGregor continued. “But then as the weeks have gone by and recovery, I’m getting better and stronger and my son and my children are seeing it... He can see the work I’ve put in and he can see the rewards and I know that’s going to rub off well on him. He’s going to be able to see his father put the work in and you rise back to your feet.”

With a comeback not expected to occur until sometime in 2022, McGregor is staying patient and also resolute that he will compete at a high level again.

“I was upset for a little while, it’s not been easy,” McGregor said. “There’s been a few ups and downs on this, it’s probably one of the wildest things that’s ever happened to me in my life. It’s not been fun, smooth sailing, but I got through it. I’ve had my family, my close team by my side, and we’re getting there.

“Still a long way, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, like I said I feel like I can kick now, I’m not advised to kick yet. But I’m gonna get back. You think a broken bone is gonna stop me? Think again.”

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Jack Della Maddalena embraces the pressure and expectations required to earn UFC contract on Contender Series

Jack Della Maddalena (pictured, red gloves) | Eternal MMAAhead of his last fight at Eternal MMA 53, Australian prospect Jack Della Maddalena knew he was getting close to a potential contract with the UFC but he also wasn’t rushing things. At the time, Della Maddalena was a fast-rising star in his native country but he was also working a full-time job where he analyzed payment invoices while also attending college to seek a degree in property and finance. While fighting was always what he loved to do most, the 9-2 welterweight was realistic enough to know that he couldn’t forgo his future without first securing the present. So following a first-round knockout win, Della Maddalena decided to quit working his day job and put his full focus on training and preparation in order to get ready for a shot at the big league. “I’m still in college working on the degree but my job now is basically fighting,” Della Maddalena told MMA Fighting. “This year, I’ve had a good time dialing into fight mode. “I haven’t had to worry about a job. Just a little bit of coaching here and there and it’s obviously made a lot of difference with recovery, dieting that sort of thing. No job, a little bit of study and just balls to the wall in MMA.” Despite his impressive resume with all nine career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, Della Maddalena had never had the chance to only focus on fighting until this year. He never complained about having a full-time job on top of his training schedule but he can’t deny the added benefit where MMA is now the only occupation that matters. “The training — I could always train — I always had the ability to push even when I’m tired but now not having to schedule my training around work,” Della Maddalena said. “Now I basically schedule my whole life around training. “So I get a lot more rest, better nutrition, the whole lot so it’s the best I’ve ever been. I feel like it’s worked out for me but I guess we’ll find out.” The proving ground for Della Maddalena to find out if he’s ready to graduate from the regional MMA scene to the UFC will come on Tuesday night when he competes as part of the latest installment of Dana White’s Contender Series. Taking on Sanford MMA fighter Ange Loosa, Della Maddalena has the chance to impress the UFC matchmakers with his performance but he also knows that there are certain expectations that come along with an appearance on the Contender Series. UFC President Dana White has never been shy when pointing out the kinds of fighters he’s looking to sign — particularly those who come to put on an exciting show and a highlight reel finish certainly never hurts. Della Maddalena expects to deliver both. “If I can have a fight that’s going to secure that spot [on the UFC roster], then sign me up,” Della Maddalena said. “I was into it. It seems like an awesome opportunity. The way the show is I think is cool. The set up with no crowd or no crazy entrance. Just get in there and have a fight. It’s something that I’m looking forward to and having that experience. “I think it is [a great way to be introduced to the UFC]. My style, I don’t want to win a decision. It’s definitely not something I want to do. For me to get the goal done and get that win, that means a finish. So I will be looking for that finish from the get go. Happy to get a finish later in the fight. Happy to get one early but my No. 1 goal is the finish.” While the Contender Series will give Della Maddalena the chance to earn a UFC contract, he also understands that a win or even a loss won’t guarantee his future in the promotion. Not everyone gets signed to the UFC no matter the outcome of a single fight plus there’s a long list of athletes who came up short on the show yet found themselves with a contract weeks later when a short notice opportunity was available. That said, Della Maddalena embraces the expectations that come along with the Contender Series because he’s not looking to waste the opportunity with some kind of dwindling hope that he might get to fight in the UFC one day. “I feel my style, I’m the sort of person who’s going to bring it,” Della Maddalena said. “I’m a good fighter, I’ve got good eyes, I’m going to bring the fight. To be honest, I’m going to get that contract if I show up and perform as I always do. “For me, it seems cool having that added pressure like this is it. This is the opportunity. I look forward to the experience and the fight. There’s always pressure. You always have different sorts of pressure and this just joins the list but I love it.”

Jack Della Maddalena embraces the pressure and expectations required to earn UFC contract on Contender Series
Jack Della Maddalena (pictured, red gloves) | Eternal MMA

Ahead of his last fight at Eternal MMA 53, Australian prospect Jack Della Maddalena knew he was getting close to a potential contract with the UFC but he also wasn’t rushing things.

At the time, Della Maddalena was a fast-rising star in his native country but he was also working a full-time job where he analyzed payment invoices while also attending college to seek a degree in property and finance. While fighting was always what he loved to do most, the 9-2 welterweight was realistic enough to know that he couldn’t forgo his future without first securing the present.

So following a first-round knockout win, Della Maddalena decided to quit working his day job and put his full focus on training and preparation in order to get ready for a shot at the big league.

“I’m still in college working on the degree but my job now is basically fighting,” Della Maddalena told MMA Fighting. “This year, I’ve had a good time dialing into fight mode.

“I haven’t had to worry about a job. Just a little bit of coaching here and there and it’s obviously made a lot of difference with recovery, dieting that sort of thing. No job, a little bit of study and just balls to the wall in MMA.”

Despite his impressive resume with all nine career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, Della Maddalena had never had the chance to only focus on fighting until this year.

He never complained about having a full-time job on top of his training schedule but he can’t deny the added benefit where MMA is now the only occupation that matters.

“The training — I could always train — I always had the ability to push even when I’m tired but now not having to schedule my training around work,” Della Maddalena said. “Now I basically schedule my whole life around training.

“So I get a lot more rest, better nutrition, the whole lot so it’s the best I’ve ever been. I feel like it’s worked out for me but I guess we’ll find out.”

The proving ground for Della Maddalena to find out if he’s ready to graduate from the regional MMA scene to the UFC will come on Tuesday night when he competes as part of the latest installment of ’s Contender Series.

Taking on Sanford MMA fighter Ange Loosa, Della Maddalena has the chance to impress the UFC matchmakers with his performance but he also knows that there are certain expectations that come along with an appearance on the Contender Series.

UFC President Dana White has never been shy when pointing out the kinds of fighters he’s looking to sign — particularly those who come to put on an exciting show and a highlight reel finish certainly never hurts.

Della Maddalena expects to deliver both.

“If I can have a fight that’s going to secure that spot [on the UFC roster], then sign me up,” Della Maddalena said. “I was into it. It seems like an awesome opportunity. The way the show is I think is cool. The set up with no crowd or no crazy entrance. Just get in there and have a fight. It’s something that I’m looking forward to and having that experience.

“I think it is [a great way to be introduced to the UFC]. My style, I don’t want to win a decision. It’s definitely not something I want to do. For me to get the goal done and get that win, that means a finish. So I will be looking for that finish from the get go. Happy to get a finish later in the fight. Happy to get one early but my No. 1 goal is the finish.”

While the Contender Series will give Della Maddalena the chance to earn a UFC contract, he also understands that a win or even a loss won’t guarantee his future in the promotion.

Not everyone gets signed to the UFC no matter the outcome of a single fight plus there’s a long list of athletes who came up short on the show yet found themselves with a contract weeks later when a short notice opportunity was available.

That said, Della Maddalena embraces the expectations that come along with the Contender Series because he’s not looking to waste the opportunity with some kind of dwindling hope that he might get to fight in the UFC one day.

“I feel my style, I’m the sort of person who’s going to bring it,” Della Maddalena said. “I’m a good fighter, I’ve got good eyes, I’m going to bring the fight. To be honest, I’m going to get that contract if I show up and perform as I always do.

“For me, it seems cool having that added pressure like this is it. This is the opportunity. I look forward to the experience and the fight. There’s always pressure. You always have different sorts of pressure and this just joins the list but I love it.”

Source : MMA Fighting More   

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