CONOR MCGREGOR joined a small club of UFC fighters to break their legs in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.
The Notorious shattered his left tibia in the first round of his UFC 264 rubber match with his old featherweight rival, which was ruled a TKO defeat.
McGregor, 32, has successfully undergone surgery and will be on crutches for the next six weeks.
The UFC's first simultaneous two-weight champion will then begin his long road back to recovery.
The Irishman's horrific injury was, surprisingly, only the fourth leg break in UFC history.
Here, SunSport recaps the four breaks and the fighters' respective roads back to recovery.
Corey Hill vs Dale Hart – UFC Fight for the Troops: December 2008
ULTIMATE Fighter season five contestant Corey Hill holds the unfortunate accolade of being the first fighter to break their leg inside the octagon.
Moments after the start of the second round of his clash with Dale Hartt,Hill had a hard leg kick checked by his opponent.
Hill's shin shattered upon impact, but the break was made even worse when he put weight back on the injured leg. The then 2-1 lightweight collapsed and shuffled on the canvas in a bid to avoid follow-up shots.
The referee missed the break but stopped the contest after screams of 'stop the fight' from UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
The fight proved to be Hill's last inside the octagon, although he did successfully return to action two years later at Raging Wolf 6.
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Hill fought a further 11 times after the horrific break, picking up four victories and suffering seven defeats.
He tragically passed away in May 2015 after suffering a collapsed lung and a heart attack.
Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman II – UFC 168: December 2013
FUTURE UFC Hall-of-Famer Anderson Silva fell victim to the second leg break in the promotion's history in his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Chris Weidman.
Silva went into his second encounter with The All American looking to reclaim the middleweight title he lost due to excessive showboating.
But the Brazilian's dream of becoming a two-time UFC champion went up in smoke in the second round when Weidman perfectly checked an attempted inside leg kick.
Silva's shin shattered instantly and wrapped around the Serra-Longo MMA standout's leg.
The Spider collapsed to the canvas after trying to put weight on his leg and the fight was immediately waved off.
Silva made a miraculous recovery from the horrific break, returning to the cage a mere 11 months after the injury.
The fan favourite has competed eight times since that fateful night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Chris Weidman vs Uriah Hall – UFC 261: April 2021
IN a cruel twist of fate, former 185lb champion Weidman suffered the same injury he inflicted on Silva in his UFC 261 rematch with Uriah Hall.
A perfect step-out check from Hall a mere 17 seconds into the first round shattered Weidman's right tibia and fibula.
Referee Herb Dean immediately waved off the fight when Weidman collapsed after attempting to put weight on his rear leg.
The 37-year-old went under the knife the next day and is already on course to make a speedy recovery.
In June, Weidman posted video footage of himself doing some light sparring with one of his training partners – a mere SEVEN weeks after his sickening injury.
He still faces a long road back to full fitness, but he seems to be on track to return to the cage.
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier III – UFC 264: July 2014
The UFC's poster boy snapped his left tibia with just seconds remaining in the first round of his rubber match with former interim lightweight champion Poirier.
The origin of McGregor's break is still unclear as his leg folded after he missed a straight left.
But the Irishman's head coach John Kavanagh believes it may have occurred when Poirier blocked a rear teep with his elbow.
McGregor had surgery last Sunday and will be on crutches for six weeks before beginning his rehab.
He wrote on Twitter: "Just out of the surgery room guys!
"Surgery went excellent! Feeling tremendous!
"Six weeks on crutches and we build back! Let's go! God bless."
McGregor is determined to fight again, although it's more than likely he won't be back in the cage until July 2022 at the earliest.
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