Conor McGregor says he broke his foot during the build-up to his UFC 229 loss inflicted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.
After a 693-day absence, McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of the bout against the UFC Lightweight Champion in what was his second defeat in his UFC career and the second to come from a submission.
He did not have any joy in the fight whatsoever and was even put on the canvas by a punch from the Dagestani fighter, who is not even known for his striking ability.
But months on, McGregor claims an injury just three weeks prior to the fight in Las Vegas hindered his performance after a fan asked him why he looked flat-footed.
The Irishman also made a point of mentioning the subsequent melee that followed the fight in the Octagon.
In February, McGregor revealed he was focusing on grappling and jiu-jitsu as part of his training - putting in the rounds with his training partner Dillon Danis.
In a post on his Instagram, he detailed how he went into his last training camp ahead of the Khabib fight and got his approach all wrong.
He says he "disrespected his own attacking game" and went too top-heavy on the defensive side by letting "outside interference filter into my own thinking".
After the two went back and forth with some crazy shade at each other on Twitter last week, it's inevitable that this bitter rivalry is far from finished.