After his dominant win over Max Holloway on the preliminary portion of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 fight card, featherweight juggernaut Conor McGregor revealed that he had injured his knee during the course of the fight.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, McGregor said:
I injured my knee. I just felt unsteady. It was a big pop when I was just passing into side control. He bridged and rolled and had my foot, and I just heard a pop. Into side control I went, and when we got to back our feet I literally knew it was unsteady, I had to readjust. I tried to play around, threw some side kicks, but any time, it was wobbly. F**k it, what can you do.
What you can do is have the knee checked out by a physician, and that’s precisely what McGregor did. The results of that examination were revealed on Tuesday’s episode of UFC Tonight.
The injury is a sprain of McGregor’s lateral collateral ligament. Indications at this point are that McGregor will be able to avoid surgery. The 14-2 fighter will undergo an MRI later this week to find out just how extensive the damage is.
Assuming surgery can be avoided, McGregor is hopeful he will be ready to fight on the December 28 UFC 168 fight card in Las Vegas. While McGregor said he did not care whom his opponent would be, his coach, John Kavanagh told UFC Tonight that he would like to see McGregor matched up against Diego Brandao.
Brandao (18-8) fought on the UFC Fight Night 26 card as well, defeating Daniel Pineda by unanimous decision.
UFC 168 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by the rematch between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and the man he defeated for that title Anderson Silva.