During a recent Q&A in Ireland, as reported by ESPN, the 27-year-old revealed that he entered the bout with a significant knee injury.
“Fourteen weeks before the fight I tore 80 percent of my ACL,” McGregor said. “I could barely walk. I could barely kick.
“But I have a lot of experience coming back from that injury. I was aware of my body and I was aware of my balance. I have a good team around me and I trusted everyone that was there. That’s how I performed. I train with people that I am safe with and that would allow me to get to that fight. I had a lot of adversity to overcome but honestly, I went into that fight and beat Chad on one leg and now that I have gone through that adversity, I feel I have gained three new legs.”
McGregor suffered a torn ACL during his second octagon appearance against Max Holloway in August 2013. He required surgery and was sidelined for 11 months.
He’s scheduled to face champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in a title unification bout. The two were originally slated to headline UFC 189, but Aldo was forced out of the fight due to a rib injury. Mendes replaced the champion on short notice.