It was originally believe the Irish MMA star lost the fight when he stepped back to dodge a punch and dislocated his tibia. However, a viral video points to a moment 20 seconds into the fight.
A fan theory has sparked a debate questioning when Conor McGregor’s leg break occurred, which led to his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
It was originally believe the Irish MMA star lost the fight when he stepped back to dodge a punch and dislocated his tibia. However, a viral video points to a moment 20 seconds into the fight in which Poirier points down at McGregor’s leg after a kick, seemingly signaling the injury.
After the point by Poirier, McGregor went on to fight four more minutes. He lasted until a doctor’s stoppage after the first round when he stepped back awkwardly and was bound to the floor before being carried off by a stretcher.
Social media sleuths have become enamored by the video because Poirier, in a post-fight press conference, noted that he believed McGregor broke his leg early on in the bout.
“I felt something, for sure. He fractured it on one of the kicks at the beginning of the fight, and then he broke it,” Poirier said.
“You never want to get a win that way but what happened was a result of checking a kick. I’m more than sure of it. He got what he had coming to him. Karma is a mirror.”
McGregor, who underwent surgery in his left leg Sunday, has been in good spirits since the loss, and disagreed with Poirier’s theory.
“I was boxing the bleedin’ head off him, kicking the bleedin’ leg off him. Usual s—t, dive to close the distance,” the Irishman said.
It’s likely the pair will get a fourth fight opportunity after the unexpected outcome of their fiery trilogy.
Both sides have declared they’re ready for another bout.
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Jenna Lemoncelli