Conor McGregor's embarrassing new blow after injury disaster

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Conor McGregor, pictured here after his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
Conor McGregor was fillthy after his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Conor McGregor has fallen to seventh spot in the UFC's lightweight contender rankings in a brutal new blow after his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

McGregor suffered a gruesome broken leg in the first round against Poirier which forced an anti-climactic stoppage to their main event bout.

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The Irishman was left fuming over the disastrous blow, and suffered another brutal setback when the UFC updated its lightweight rankings on Tuesday.

McGregor headed into the bout against Poirier as the fifth contender in the lightweight division.

But his latest loss has seen him leapfrogged by Tony Ferguson and Rafael Dos Anjos.

McGregor is now the seventh-ranked contender for Charles Oliveira's title behind Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, Ferguson and Dos Anjos.

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Conor McGregor updates fans after surgery

McGregor updated fans on his condition on Monday, saying he felt "tremendous" after surgery.

"Just out of surgery room. Everything went to plan," McGregor said in a 59-second video posted on Twitter.

"Everything went perfect and I'm feeling tremendous. Six weeks on a crutch and we begin to build back.

"Onwards and upwards we go. We dust ourselves off. We build ourselves back and we come back better than ever. Let's go team."

McGregor's agent went into additional detail in his statement on Twitter.

"Conor is in recovery after 3 hours of surgery. The surgery was successful repairing fractures of his tibia and fibula," Audie A. Attar wrote.

Conor McGregor, pictured here in action against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
Conor McGregor in action against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

"His physicians included Dr. Neal ElAttrache from (Kerlan-Jobe), Conor's long time orthopedist, and trauma surgeon Dr. Milton Little from Cedars-Sinai. 

"Both doctors are confident that with time he will make a full recovery. We anticipate his return to the octagon."

McGregor (22-6) missed on a punch in the closing seconds of the opening round of the fight, then appeared to break his left ankle as it rolled while he back-pedalled away.

It goes into the books as a TKO at 5:00 in favour of Poirier (28-6), who took the last two fights in their trilogy.

"You know, Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want, but you've done nothing in there," McGregor said.

"That second round would have shown all."

McGregor knocked out Poirier in under two minutes at UFC 178 in 2014, however the latter stopped the former at UFC 257 in January via second-round TKO.

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