Conor McGregor and his manager Audie Attar provided updates Sunday after the lightweight fighter underwent surgery to repair broken leg bones suffered in Saturday’s UFC 264 loss to Dustin Poirier.
Attar expressed confidence that McGregor will “make a full recovery.”
McGregor, meanwhile, tweeted that his three-hour-long surgery went “excellent” and that he is feeling “tremendous.”
The Irishman then tweeted a video from his hospital bed, sending a message about Poirier’s “illegitimate win.”
“It was a hell of a first round,” McGregor said. “It would have been nice to get back into that second round. It is what it is. That’s the nature of the business. A clean break of the tibia, and it was not to be. Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want, but you’d done nothing in there. That second round would have shown all.”
According to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, UFC president Dana White said that McGregor and Poirier would likely meet for a fourth time once McGregor is healthy.
Poirier also said he and McGregor would fight again “whether it’s in the Octagon or on the sidewalk.” However, some around UFC believe McGregor is closer to retirement after Saturday’s loss, so it’s unclear if a fourth bout will ever come to fruition.