Conor McGregor's long-time teammate Artem Lobov has no doubt the Irishman will make a full recovery after his recent leg injury.
McGregor suffered a broken tibia in the final moments of his UFC 264 loss to Dustin Poirier. It was the Irishman's second consecutive defeat after being knocked out by Poirier in their rematch earlier this year.
Lobov is confident that McGregor, who partially tore his ACL before his interim title win against Chad Mendes in 2015, will slowly but surely get back to full fitness when he returns.
“This is gonna be a process of healing and recovery first and then slowly build it back up because then you’re going to have to build some confidence in it," Lobov told MMA Fighting.
"But you know, after something like this, it’s still going to take you some time, I would imagine, to start healing and kicking with it.
"It’s going to be a slow process, but I remember when Conor came back from his ACL injury, he’s done that twice, he did it better than anyone before him. I have no doubt it’s going to be the same result this time.”
Sports doctor David Abassai recently disputed McGregor's claim that he had several "stress fractures" on his left ankle heading into the fight. UFC boss Dana White would go on to say that long before his trilogy with Poirier, McGregor had been suffering from "chronic arthritis" in both of his ankles.
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McGregor faced heavy criticism for his post-fight interview in which he threatened to "kill" Poirier and went after his family. Lobov was surprised that McGregor was even able to speak given his injury and thinks the interview shouldn't have happened.
“It was a mad situation. I mean, look at the way Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman were after his injury happened … [McGregor] was still sitting up and I do think interviews shouldn’t even happen in that scenario," Lobov continued.
"It shouldn’t have happened, but it is what it is in a way. You have to move on and live to fight another day. Now it’s time to heal, train, fix mistakes, and go back again. That’s it.”
McGregor, who is set to be sidelined for up to a year, had surgery last week with a titanium rod being inserted in his left leg. On the other hand, Poirier is likely to receive the next lightweight title shot against current champion Charles Oliveira.
Lobov is in action this weekend for bare-knuckle boxing promotion Mahatch FC, as he takes on Ukrainian Olympic silver medalist Denys Berinchyk.
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