Conor McGregor back training ONE DAY after Dustin Poirier loss despite leaving UFC 257 on crutches, his trainer revealedJanuary 25, 2021
CONOR McGREGOR started training again just 24 hours after defeat to Dustin Poirier.
That is despite arriving to the UFC 257 post-fight press conference on a crutch, struggling to walk following a barrage of brutal leg kicks from Poirier.
McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh confirmed the Irish superstar is recovering well – even managing to resume training again.
Kavanagh told ESPN: "The leg is OK.
"There's no serious damage. The peroneal nerve that runs down on that side of the leg, which was kicked a number of times, was completely dead,
"And then the leg started filling up with blood as well, so he couldn't move on it all.
"But as of today, he's in good form. He did a very tough workout this morning."
After losing by knockout for the first time in his UFC career, McGregor is facing doubts over where his next move lies.
Those same questions were posed when he was beaten for the first time in the UFC, against Nate Diaz in March 2016.
McGregor responded emphatically, avenging defeat five months later to redeem himself, even closing out the year by winning the lightweight title.
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Coach Kavanagh revealed there has been a similar response from the southpaw star, who first KO'd Poirier in 2014.
The head trainer believes it sets the 32-year-old pair up perfectly for a trilogy decider, with the belt on the line following Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement.
Kavanagh said: “That’s the big drive, it’s 1-1, they’re right up there in the rankings, they’re very popular fighters.
“I think the two of them are a beautiful matchup. Stylistically, it’s beautiful to watch. I’d love to see lots and lots of rounds between the two of them.
"Dustin is obviously riding high with confidence now with more experience and more weight. He took some of those shots.
"I’m sure his confidence is super high at the moment.
"We have to fix that technique with the leg and a couple of other things, as well, but Dustin vs Conor 3 for the belt in maybe May, that would be amazing.”
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