Chael Sonnen Questions Conor McGregor’s Injury: ‘Discolored Toe That May Or May Not Be Broken’

Sonnen explains why McGregor's withdrawal might have been a troll job.

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Chael Sonnen isn’t completely sold on Conor McGregor‘s withdrawal from UFC 303.

It’s not the like the Irish superstar to pull out of a fight, but there’s a first time for everything as McGregor opted out of his UFC 303 headliner against Michael Chandler, citing an injury sustained in training camp is to blame for the fight cancellation. However, not everybody believed that was the case with Sonnen suggesting another story was at play.

The former UFC title challenger drew up conclusions as to why McGregor wasn’t fighting Chandler, one of which that he was in “the middle of rehab for substance abuse, including alcohol“. McGregor, who’s “Notorious” for how he parties, quickly shut claim down these claims from Sonnen, revealing a broke toe took him out of his comeback fight.

‘May Or May Not Be His Toe,’ Sonnen Offers Up Conspiracy Theory?

Sonnen has since responded, finding McGregor’s injury hard to believe, despite photo evidence.

“Did you know Conor McGregor called me a hoe?” Sonnen said on Good Guy / Bad Guy. “Are we gonna address this or not? Why did he delete the tweet? Why would he come after poor Chael? I really didn’t like that… If he was in rehab, just to be very clear on this, I was commending him. That’s great. And by the way, I don’t know that he’s there. I’m saying if he was in rehab, I was commending him. He resisted my condemnation and then claimed that he pulled out because of a discolored toe, a discolored toe that may or may not be broken.

“And by the way, may or may not be his toe. He tweeted a picture of a discolored toe. He wasn’t in the photo. Like, all he had to do was pull the camera back another few inches and get his face and the foot. There was no photo. It was just of a toe, which allegedly, I guess, is broken.”

Sonnen: ‘This Guy’s As Tough As An Old Leather Boot… I Kinda Thought It Was A Troll’

As we mentioned, McGregor himself has never pulled out of a UFC fight before, leaving Sonnen among others to have their doubts about his recent withdrawal. But, one thing Sonnen won’t question is McGregor’s toughness that was on full display in his last fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, where he suffered a broken leg at the end of the very first round.

“I’m teasing him for pulling out for a discolored toe, but this is the same guy who the last time we saw him before they faded to black and rolled the credits, he from a sitting position, when he should have been on a stretcher on the way to an emergency room, calls Joe Rogan over so he can complete his interview while he’s broken in half. This guy’s as tough as an old leather boot. I’m not gonna say that he’s not [injured]. I was a little surprised,” Sonnen added of McGregor’s withdrawal.

“I was surprised one that that took him out of a fight, but moreover, I was surprised he copped to it. If you wanna get the word out, you could telephone, telegraph, or tell a fighter because none of them can keep a secret. He kept this [injury] to himself. Nobody knew about it, and then he let it out and I did think it was a bit of a surprise. I don’t fault him. I would never kick a man when he’s down. I would offer him a hand up. I kinda thought it was a troll because he didn’t include his face in the photo. I just don’t think a guy that had his legs snapped in half and insisted on an interview for the entertainment of the crowd would walk away from International Fight Week. I just don’t think, but it appears that’s what happened. I don’t begrudge him for it.”

Is Chael Sonnen on to something or does Conor McGregor’s toe injury check out?

Published on June 24, 2024 at 2:35 pm
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