UFC superstar Conor McGregor has credited his combat training for saving his life after revealing that he was hit by a car while riding his bike. The Irishman did not specify where the incident occurred but captured the aftermath of the carnage on a video he posted to social media.
The 34-year-old Irishman wrote: "Got a bang of [sic] a car just now from behind. A sun trap, the driver couldn't see me. Full speed straight thru me.
"Thank you God, it wasn't my time. Thank you wrestling and judo also. Having an awareness on the landing saved my life."
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The accident appeared to have occurred on a country road and McGregor does have a house in Straffan, County Kildare. Some media outlets have reported that it happened in his native Ireland. Fortunately for McGregor, he walked away without suffering serious injury.
A video after the accident occurred shows McGregor's banged-up bike, which has been twisted out of shape as a result of the impact with the motor vehicle. A clearly shaken McGregor can be heard telling the driver of the vehicle, who came to check on his wellbeing: "I could have been dead there mate."
So Conor McGregor just got hit by a car pic.twitter.com/HR9C1skhU4
— 🌴ᴛʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴏꜰᴡᴀʀ🌴 (@TheArtOfWar6) January 27, 2023
The driver responds by saying: "I'm so sorry" to which the Irishman assures him that it was simply a terrible accident. McGregor showed off the spot where his trousers were torn from the incident, before accepting the motorist's apology and a lift home with his damaged bike.
In a video filmed while being driven back to his house, McGregor said: "I'm still here, thank God. That's all that matters."
McGregor, the first fighter to hold UFC championships in two weight classes simultaneously, has not fought since suffering a serious leg injury in a loss to Dustin Poirier in July 2021. The 34-year-old has worked his back to fitness and is expected to return to the octagon at some point in 2023.
The follow up.. 😂 guy gives him a lift home with his broken bike. Gotta love Conor McGregor 🤣 pic.twitter.com/a1Ki5H5v5y
— Kieran Delaney (@KieranDelaney_) January 27, 2023
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