Conor McGregor has claimed he was already injured before suffering a broken leg in his UFC 264 fight with Dustin Poirier.
The Irishman broke his left leg in the first round of his trilogy fight with Poirier on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old has since been released from hospital and in a six-minute video on Instagram, he revealed his shin was fractured BEFORE the fight.
As he cruised around on a scooter in California, McGregor said: "I was injured going into the fight. People are asking me, 'at what point did the leg break?'
"Ask Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr Davidson the head doctor at the UFC, they knew my leg had a stress fracture going into that.
"They were debating pulling the thing because I was sparring with no shin pads, and I kicked a knee a few times.
"I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle. And then I have trouble in my ankle anyways throughout the years through fighting all the time.
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"Also, I was wrapping my ankle every training session. When the ankle was sore, I still wouldn't stop training - I used to just train on my back.
"And that's how I developed those ground shots from the back, that's why Dustin backed away when he was on top of me. And I was landing the up-kicks and the elbows, it's a horrible place to be in.
"It was a skill I developed because I'd the damaged leg and had to adapt my training... I needed to get treatment on the ankle and shin-bone, and I would never have committed to going under the knife unless something like this happened.
"What I needed was a titanium shin bone and now I've got a titanium rod from the knee to the ankle. The doctor says it's unbreakable. Once I keep building back, playing with the balance, then build the strength - and I have an unbreakable titanium leg.
"I'm like Arnie [Arnold Schwarzenegger] in Terminator 2! I've got all the tools to do this and I'm going to do it - what a story it's going to be. Love you all guys, you won't stop us! You won't beat the Irish, you won't beat the MacMan!"
McGregor is expected to be out for a year while he recovers.
McGregor had defeated Poirier via first-round TKO at UFC 178 in 2014, but the American evened the score with a second-round TKO at UFC 257 in January.
It meant the rivalry was perfectly poised heading into their trilogy bout in Las Vegas, and it was Poirier who would emerge victorious.
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