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Conor McGregor plans ‘to build back’ after successful surgery, calls Dustin Poirier’s UFC 264 win ‘illegitimate’

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UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Conor McGregor’s surgery was successful on Sunday as he plans to being the process of returning to the octagon.

McGregor suffered a first-round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 264 event after suffering a broken tibia at the end of the opening stanza. Poirier has now won two straight against the former two-division champion after getting stopped in the first-round in their first meeting at UFC 178 in September 2014.

Following his surgery on Sunday, McGregor took to Twitter with a video to give an update.

“Everything went to plan,” McGregor said of his surgery. “Everything went perfect. I’m feeling tremendous. We got six weeks on [crutches] now and then we begin to build back.

“It was a hell of a first round, it would’ve been nice to get into that second round to see what’s what, but it is what it is. That’s the nature of the business, a clean break of the tibia and it was not to be.”

Things were heated throughout the build to the fight and that continued after the result was read on Saturday night. Poirier claimed that McGregor made death threats towards him after the fight, which video surfaced Sunday night that there was certainly a lot of hostility and bad feelings from McGregor, saying, ‘“In you’re sleep, you’re getting it.”

Poirier will likely go on to fight Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title in his next bout, while McGregor will be on the road to recovery. As far as “The Notorious” goes, he has his sights set on a fourth meeting with Poirier whenever he’s ready to get back inside the octagon.

“Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you done nothing in there,” McGregor said. “That second round would have shown all. Onwards and upwards we go team. We dust ourselves off, we build ourselves back and we come back better than ever.”