Doctor doubts Conor McGregor was injured before Dustin Poirier fight

A doctor has claimed he is unable to see any stress fractures in Conor McGregor 's medical scans ahead of his third fight with Dustin Poirier.

The Irishman claimed he was contemplating withdrawing from the trilogy bout before it took place, after he was receiving treatment on 'multiple stress fractures' in the changing room ahead of setting foot in the UFC 264 octagon.

McGregor then broke his leg in the opening round forcing the stoppage victory for Poirier, but sports doctor David Abassi has now claimed he sees 'no evidence' of the injury after consulting the MRI scans.

"The problem is, when you zoom in on that MRI — which I did — there’s no evidence of any stress reaction or stress fracture to the lower leg, where he in fact did have a fracture," Abassi said on a YouTube video.

"It does look like there’s a little bit of signal at the ankle joint — which is lower than where he sustained that fracture — and some tendonitis.

"If we were concerned about that from a symptomatic standpoint, we would’ve ordered a leg MRI, not this ankle MRI.

"This MRI would have no correlation to the injuries that he sustained on that night."

McGregor was mocked by several stars after injury caused him to withdraw from the fight, with long-term rival Khabib Nurmagomedov claiming that 'higher power' caused the lightweight to retire from the contest.

The 33-year-old's latest injury update also threw a subtle dig at former opponent Jose Aldo, tormenting him for pulling out of their scheduled bout in 2015.

The former two-division champion provided an injury update from a mobility scooter where he claimed that the previous fractures proved to be a real stumbling-block in his pre-fight preparations.

He said: “The leg is better than ever, I was injured going into the fight. People are asking me, ‘When was the leg broke? At what point did the leg break?'

"Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC, they knew, I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage.

“There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring without shin pads and I would kick the knee a few times.

"So I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle and then I have trouble with the ankle anyway throughout the years of f***ing fighting all the time."

McGregor has been called out by several stars since the defeat to Poirier including Rafael Dos Anjos who is prepared to 'smash him', but it could be a while until we see him in the octagon again, as he is set to face a year out of action according to UFC president Dana White.

He has also been touted to face rising star Islam Makhachev in a feud-settling battle after his recovery, with the young Russian being trained by undefeated lightweight Nurmagomedov.

The 33-year-old also shared photos of his injuries before the fight to prove his struggles before the fight, but former UFC star Paul Felder has called for the Irishman to 'never set foot in the octagon again' after his recent defeat.

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