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UFC's Conor McGregor gets 3-hour surgery, vows to return

UFC's Conor McGregor gets 3-hour surgery, vows to return
Conor McGregor said he will return "better than ever" after he underwent a three-hour leg surgery Saturday in Los Angeles. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

July 12 (UPI) -- Conor McGregor underwent successful surgery to repair his broken left leg and expects to return "better than ever," the UFC star announced on social media.

McGregor broke the tibia and fibula in the leg in the first round of his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas. His agent said he underwent a three-hour surgery Sunday at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

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"His physicians included Dr. Neal ElAttrache from Kerlan-Jobbe, Conor's long time orthopedist, and trauma surgeon Dr. Milton Little from Cedars-Sinai," agent Audie Attar said in a statement.

"Both doctors are confident that with time he will make a full recovery. We anticipate his return to the Octagon."

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McGregor posted updates on social media and a video of himself from a hospital bed.

"I'm just out of surgery," McGregor said in the video. "Everything went to plan. Everything went perfect. I'm feeling tremendous. We have six weeks on crutches and then we begin to build back.

"I want to thank all the fans all around the world for your messages of support. I hope you all enjoyed the show."

Poirier hit McGregor with a combination attack at the end of the first round Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. McGregor attempted to plant his left foot during the sequence, but his leg buckled. Poirier hit McGregor with more punches after he went down. Referee Herb Dean then ended the fight.

McGregor left the Octagon on a stretcher and was transported to the hospital. Poirier was awarded the victory by technical knockout.

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"It would have been nice to get into the second round to see what's what, but it is what it is," McGregor said. "That's the nature of the business. ... It was not meant to be.

"Onwards and upwards we go. We dust ourselves off. We build ourselves back and come back better than ever."

UFC president Dana White said Saturday that Poirier will fight for the UFC lightweight belt against Charles Oliveira. and that McGregor will likely get a rematch with Poirier, when healthy.

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