McGregor denies contracting staph infection ahead of Poirier fight

Conor McGregor denies contracting staph infection ahead of UFC 264 showdown with Dustin Poirier as Irishman insists mysterious red mark on his arm is the result of ‘VICIOUS brain damaging elbows’ honed in training

  • Conor McGregor has denied having staph infection ahead of UFC 264 on July 10 
  • MMA fighters are prone to transmission due to nature of close contact training 
  • And fans spotted a red mark on McGregor’s arm in photos of him cycling
  • However, McGregor says the mark is due to ‘vicious brain damaging elbows’ 
  • McGregor enters UFC 264 seeking revenge over lightweight rival Dustin Poirier 

Conor McGregor has denied having staph infection after eagle-eyed fans spotted a mark on the Irishman’s arm ahead of his UFC 264 bout with Dustin Poirier. 

McGregor, 32, is bidding to avenge his Fight Island defeat to his American rival on July 10, having suffered his first defeat by knockout in his mixed martial arts career at UFC 257.

The Irishman has vowed to make the necessary adjustments to combat Poirier’s effective kickboxing style and is in the States as he wraps up preparations for the Las Vegas showdown. 

Conor McGregor has denied having staph infection ahead of UFC 264 in just seven days 

The Irishman, 32, is bidding to avenge his Fight Island defeat to Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas

And UFC fans were left concerned after spotting a red mark on McGregor’s arm in photos of the Notorious taking a bike ride ahead of the highly-anticipated trilogy bout. 

Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, which can be found on the ground, human skin and the nose. UFC fighters are prone to transmission of the disease due to the nature of close contact in training.

In most cases for UFC fighters, staph will develop on the skin, which is less threatening in comparison to invasive staph infection which develops inside the body. 

Fans spotted a mysterious mark on McGregor’s arm, fearing he has contracted staph infection

However, McGregor clarified that the red mark was from ‘vicious brain damaging elbows’

WHAT IS STAPH? 

Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, which can be found on the ground, human skin and the nose. UFC fighters are prone to transmission of the disease due to the nature of close contact in training.

In most cases for UFC fighters, staph will develop on the skin, which is less threatening in comparison to invasive staph infection which develops inside the body. 

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker developed a life-threatening staph infection in his stomach in 2017 which ‘started to eat away at his body’, according to Dana White and surgery was required. He took a year to recover. 

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker developed a life-threatening staph infection in his stomach in 2017 which ‘started to eat away at his body’, according to Dana White and surgery was required. He took a year to recover.

However, McGregor has insisted that he does not have staph infection but the cause of the red mark on his arm is from ‘vicious brain damaging elbows’ honed in training. 

Poirier has called for a ‘blood and guts war’ as he looks to prove that his Fight Island win was no fluke and book a lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira.  

The Irishman has stopped with the charm offensive shown before UFC 257 and has ramped up the war of words with Poirier ahead of their mammoth clash in Sin City.

‘I want a blood and guts war, I want to question my will to fight, I want to be uncomfortable from the first second of the first round, I want to find out all this stuff.

‘That’s the thing about fighting, the only thing that’s real is when that bell rings or whenever you show up and you’re training, that’s the only thing about fighting I love any more.’  




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