Conor McGregor’s knee injury believed not to be severe

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

At the UFC’s debut on FOX Sports 1, the wildly heralded Conor McGregor suffered a knee injury in defeating Max Holloway. The decision was the first in McGregor’s professional career, and was attributed in part to a knee injury.

“I injured my knee halfway through the second.  I just can’t get it out of my head, but looking back I should have just pulled my knee from my leg and hit him with it,” McGregor said at the time.

“I heard a big pop and I let out a scream mid-round, but I passed into side control with it.  When we stood back up I was unsteady on it.”

The extent of the injury was unknown, but now appears to be less severe than feared.

The knee injury has been diagnosed as a minor sprain of his LCL, according to a report by’s Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight. McGregor plans to have an MRI this week in Los Angeles just to be sure, although the injury isn’t expected to require surgery.

If that proves to be the case, McGregor hopes to return to action December 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV for UFC 168. The 25-year-old doesn’t have a specific opponent in his sights, however his coach, John Kavanagh, singled out another victorious UFC Fight Night 26 featherweight: Diego Brandao.

Brandao was initially believed to have broken his hand during his win over Daniel Pineda, however according to his coach, Greg Jackson, the injury turned out to be sprain.

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