Conor McGregor has insisted that he feels ready to kick again after showing off the gruesome ankle scarring that was left by surgery on his tibia and fibula.
After sustaining a broken leg, McGregor was unable to finish the first round in his Las Vegas trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier.
McGregor, 33 years old, returned to the gym only days after his injury and said that he felt ready to kick again, just 10 weeks after being taken from the Octagon.
McGregor has been focusing on his own recovery and his family, despite some talk about a fourth fight against Poirier.
He told YouTuber Adam’s Apple: “I feel like I could kick right now. I honestly feel like I could kick right now, but I’ve just got to listen to the doctors, listen to the people that are guiding me.
“That’s what I’ve done so far, I’ve committed myself to the work and I’m back on the feet.
“It’s so good to be back on the feet.”
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Adding of his recent defeat: “I was upset for a little while. It has not been easy, you know what I mean?
“There’s been a few ups and downs on this. It’s one of the most incredible things that have ever happened in my life. You get what I’m referring to?
“It’s not been full smooth sailing, but I’ve got through. I’ve had my family and my close team by my side. And we’re getting there. Still a long away [to go].”
Giving his thoughts on McGregor’s recovery, UFC President Dana White told the Australian Daily Telegraph: “Conor seems to be healing up pretty well.
“The question is: When can he start kicking again?
“If he could take kicks, then he’d be looking at a fight before the end of the year again, so it all depends on how fast that leg heals.”