Conor McGregor has repeatedly blasted Jose Aldo for withdrawing from their UFC 189 bout, by relaying he was also injured prior, and now he’s detailed just how serious it was.
After McGregor stopped Chad Mendes on July 11th, he and his coach John Kavanagh revealed that “Notorious” was dealing with an injury prior to the card. Details regarding the exact nature of the leg injury, however, weren’t disclosed.
Well, at a recent Q&A session in Dublin, McGregor provided some details about his injury, and how serious it was (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Fourteen weeks before the fight I tore 80 percent of my ACL,” said McGregor. “I could barely walk, I could barely kick.”
“I had a lot of experience coming back from that injury. I was aware of my body, I was aware of my balance…
“So, once again, I had a lot of adversity to overcome,” McGregor added. “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.”
This explains further why McGregor didn’t do any live wrestling sparring prior to the bout, as Kavanagh reported. McGregor fans and others will likely see this as a reason why Mendes was able to take him down repeatedly, and control much of the action.
Others, however, will point to the fact that Mendes took the bout on short notice. And as far as Aldo’s withdrawal, he injured his rib not far out from the July 11th card. So, fans of the featherweight champ likely won’t start criticizing Aldo for withdrawing because of McGregor’s latest comments.
All this talk about injuries, who was at their best, who will be at their best etc, etc, just makes UFC 194 that much more interesting no? Aldo vs. McGregor will headline the December 12th card, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.