Though the main topic of conversation was Ronda Rousey’s brutal knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Dana White did reveal a rather interesting tidbit about Conor McGregor when he was a guest on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
According to the UFC president, the much talked about knee injury that Conor suffered in the lead-up to UFC 189 was just as severe as the Irishman has suggested. “He[McGregor] fought the Chad Mendes fight with a really blown out knee”, stated White.
At that point, Rogan asked Dana about what McGregor had done to see him through the difficulty, although the way in which the UFC commentator asked the question suggested that he already knew the answer.“What did he do? Did he get eight stem cell shots?”
“Yeah. He just went over to Germany and got those shots. He did some in California too. He did do some in L.A too when he was out in Vegas. And that’s all he needed. He did that and he did his own physical therapy, and he brought the knee right back”.
McGregor had previously torn his Anterior Cruciate Ligament during a 2013 bout Max Holloway(a fight which he somehow still won). The injury led to McGregor spending almost a year on the shelf.
At a recent Q&A session with fans in Dublin, Conor claimed that the injury he suffered in preparation for UFC 189 was almost as serious as the 2013 tear.
“Fourteen weeks before the fight I tore 80 percent of my ACL”.
Though the Mendes fight may not have been his best performance, the fact that Conor was able to compete at all seems to suggest something about the efficacy of such treatments.