And Conor McGregor was in high spirits as he sipped a beer in his car on Wednesday after undergoing a gruelling three hour surgery to repair the fracture.
The Irish superstar was seen out and about for the first time since his devastating injury as he was released from hospital in time to celebrate his 33rd birthday.
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The UFC star looked upbeat as he sipped on a cold cerveza while making his way back to his hotel from hospital.
Conor cut a casual figure in a dark purple hoodie as he cruised along while drinking the beverage with the windows down.
Once at the entrance of the hotel, the wounded athlete carefully exited his car with assistance from his entourage.
Conor now faces a long road to recovery, with UFC president Dana White convinced that the former two-weight champion will be unable to compete for 12 months.
Ouch: He fractured his tibia in the closing seconds of the opening round against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in Las Vegas last weekend (pictured during the fight)
'I think they just released him right now from the hospital about 10, 15 minutes ago,' Dana told TMZ Sports.
'He’ll be in [Los Angeles] for a little while. I don’t know if he’s gonna fly home, or what he’s gonna do.
Asked when the 33-year-old will be back, Dana said: 'He’ll be back in a year.'
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Birthday boy: The Irish superstar was seen out and about for the first time since his devastating injury as he was released from hospital in time to celebrate his 33rd birthday
McGregor took to social media after surgery and said: 'Just out of the surgery room, everything went to plan, everything went perfect and I'm feeling tremendous.
'We've got six weeks on a crutch now and then we begin to build back.
'A clean break of the tibia and it was not to be. Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you've done nothing in there.
'That second round would have shown all,' he added.