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McGregor says he tore '80 percent' of his ACL weeks before UFC 189

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Conor McGregor details the injury he suffered in the lead-up to his fight with Chad Mendes at UFC 189.

Despite winning the interim featherweight title against top ranked contender Chad Mendes at UFC 189, Conor McGregor's detractors were still hesitant to give him credit.

The Irishman was originally scheduled to challenge Jose Aldo for the official 145 lbs. championship in the main event, but "Scarface" pulled out of the bout citing a rib injury.

Enter "Money" Mendes. McGregor TKO'd the two-time title challenger in the dying stages of the 2nd round, but many were quick to point out that Mendes had taken the fight on two weeks' notice.

What flew under the radar, however, was a devastating injury "The Notorious" claims to have suffered in the weeks prior to UFC 189.

Earlier this month, the 27-year-old revealed to Ariel Helwani that he was barely able to walk after injuring his leg during a training session. McGregor detailed the extent of this injury at a recent fan Q&A in Dublin, Ireland.

"Fourteen weeks before the fight I tore 80 percent of my ACL," McGregor said. "I could barely walk, I could barely kick. So, once again, I had a lot of adversity to overcome. But honestly, I went into that fight and I beat Chad on one leg. After going through that adversity I feel like I have gained three new legs."

The SBG product suffered a similar injury when he fought Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26. McGregor tore his ACL in the early stages of the fight but bit down on his mouth piece to secure a unanimous decision victory.

The two-division CWFC champion will collide with Jose Aldo in a title-unifcation headliner at UFC 194. The highly anticipated pay-per-view will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 12th.

(Transcripts via MMA Fighting)