You can’t keep a good fighter down – particularly one as strong-willed and determined as Conor McGregor.
Just weeks after snapping his leg in a clean break, the Irishman is already back in the gym working towards his eventual return to the Octagon.
It was less than a fortnight ago that McGregor’s trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier was ended after just one round due to his horrifying injury.
Straight after his defeat, McGregor, 33, insisted his feud with the American was “not over” as talks of a fourth showdown are already gathering pace.
And it seems he is intent on ensuring that comes around sooner rather than later, as he uploaded several pictures of him working out while sporting a full cast on his leg.
The images showed McGregor performing chin ups, sit ups and weight training, and he sent a positive message to his followers.
“Life is not about what happens to us. But how we handle what happens to us!” he wrote on Instagram. “Let’s go team, God Bless Still grinding!”
McGregor is set to spend another four weeks on crutches, having already come through successful surgery on his broken tibia.
Speaking after the operation, he said: “Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you’ve done nothing in there.
“That second round would’ve shown all. Onwards and upwards we go. We dust ourselves off, we build ourselves back, and we come back better than ever.”
And McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov has backed the former two-weight world champion to be even stronger than before when he does make his return.
“This is gonna be a process of healing and recovery first and then slowly build it back up because then you’re going to have to build some confidence in it,” Lobov told MMA Fighting.
“But you know, after something like this, it’s still going to take you some time, I would imagine, to start healing and kicking with it.
“It’s going to be a slow process, but I remember when Conor came back from his ACL injury, he’s done that twice, he did it better than anyone before him. I have no doubt it’s going to be the same result this time.”
UFC president Dana White has already stated he wants McGregor and Poirier to settle their score in another bout when both fighters are fit to compete.
“The fight didn’t get finished,” White said after the trilogy clash. “You can’t have a fight finish that way, so we’ll see how this whole thing plays out.
“Who knows how long Conor is out, so Poirier will do his thing until Conor’s ready.”
With Poirier set to challenge lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, McGregor may well take a fight in the interim.
And YouTube star Jake Paul has revealed talks are underway for him to step into the ring with McGregor in a boxing match.
“I think it will happen. Look, I mean, I’m the money fight for Conor McGregor right now,” Paul told Colin Cowherd.
“There is no other fighter right now who is on a bigger level than me that is calling out Conor McGregor and wants to fight Conor.
“Our team is in touch with his team and there’s talks of it actually happening.
“And people at first thought I was just joking when I said I wanted to fight him.
“But now it’s as real as it gets, it’s more real than ever and by the way, if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out.”