McGregor needed three-hour operation on snapped ankle as star releases video

Conor McGregor underwent a three-hour operation to repair the snapped ankle he suffered in his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

The Notorious broke his tibia late in the first round of the trilogy fight and was unable to continue, having to be treated by medics inside the octagon.

He left the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on a stretcher and went under the knife on Sunday to repair the damage he suffered at the hands of Poirier.

The operation saw an intramedullary rod inserted in his tibia, as well as a small plate and screws to repair the fibula, as reported by TMZ.

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With the surgery complete, the 32-year-old gave fans an update on his condition early on Monday morning, promising to "build back" and "come back better than ever."

He tweeted: "Just out of the surgery room guys. Surgery went excellent. Feeling tremendous!

"Six weeks on crutch and we build back. Let’s go! God bless."

McGregor also posted a video on Twitter thanking fans for their support, and taking a dig at rival Poirier.

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

"I want to thank all the fans in attendance at the arena, the place was absolutely electric.

"It was a hell of a first round, it would've been nice to get into the second round then see what's what.

"But that's the nature of the business, a clean break on the tibia and it wasn't meant to be."

He added: "Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you've done nothing in there.

"That second round would've shown all. Onwards and upwards we go.

"We dust ourselves off, we build ourselves back, and we come back better than ever."

It is not known how long the Dubliner will be out for, but it seems unlikely he will fight again in 2021.

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