UFC featherweight Conor McGregor (pictured) wasn’t joking when he said he heard his knee “pop” during the second round of Saturday’s unanimous decision win over Max Holloway.
“I injured my knee halfway through the second,” McGregor shared during the post-fight press conference.”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.
“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.”
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported McGregor sprained the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his knee. Although his manager believes McGregor will be able to avoid surgery, the UFC will fly the up-and-comer out to Los Angeles later this week to undergo an MRI.
If everything goes according to plan, McGregor hopes to return to action for UFC 168. He’s even got a New Year’s Eve weekend date picked out, “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner Diego Brandao.
McGregor, who was thoroughly disappointed he couldn’t finish off Holloway despite working with just one wheel, bumped his professional record to 14-2 with the victory.