Conor McGregor's coach has said that he broke his leg while throwing a kick to Dustin Poirier's body in their trilogy bout on Saturday night.
The Irishman lost his third fight with Poirier on Saturday night after suffering an horrific broken leg at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, and has declared that the feud "isn't over".
And speaking after the bout, coach John Kavanagh has pointed out how he suffered the injury while talking to fans on social media on over the weekend.
He says McGregor picked up the injury while throwing a muay thai kick known as a teep, which is thrown when a fighter lifts their front leg until they position their foot just below the hip and then pushes it forward quickly.
"You can watch this back on Instagram – there are lots of short clips there – where he throws a leg kick, moves away and then he threw a teep," Kavanagh said in an Instagram Live stream to promote his 'Wimp2Warrior' series.
"And that was one of the techniques we wanted to employ in this fight. Obviously being a southpaw, that liver side is there, so we were looking to teep in that area.
"If you think about it, I think teep actually does mean spear, it's supposed to go in a horizontal motion – sort of in and out.
"Whereas Conor threw that particular technique more sort of like a karate-style technique, flicking from the knee, to stab the ball of the foot into the abdomen.
"It's a good technique as well. But on opposite techniques, when he was facing [Chad] Mendes for example, it is a bit safer because of the positioning of the elbows."
Kavanagh explained that there is a chance that you can hit a fighter's elbow if their defence is low, and says that McGregor unfortunately found himself in that situation leading to the injury.
"On the same stance," he continued. "There is a high danger of catching that elbow and if you watch it back, you can clearly see that is where the fracture happened.
"He very aggressively threw that kick, Dustin shelled with the lead hand and the foot wraps around the knee, in a similar fashion to poor old [Anderson] Silva and [Chris] Weidman.
"He stands back on it and you can see the bone almost protrude through the skin; I don't know how he didn't fall there, but he comes in and they both exchange crosses, they both miss, he goes to step back and that is where you have that horrifying fold."
McGregor has promised to return to the cage once he recovers from the injury, and could fight Poirier for a fourth time when he does come back.
Dana White has indicated that the UFC would be interested in doing an unprecedented fourth bout between the two, but has said that Poirier's next bout will be for Charles Oliveira's lightweight title later this year.
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