Dustin Poirier undergoes successful surgery on foot after infection causes readmission to hospital

UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier is recovering after foot surgery.

Poirier underwent a successful surgery Thursday after he was readmitted to the hospital due to discovery of an abscess, according to his wife, Jolie.

Previously in the hospital from Sunday to Wednesday, Poirier was put on antibiotics and discharged. However, a follow-up MRI discovered a surgical procedure was necessary.

“For those asking about Dustins foot… He has a bad staph infection that started Saturday, didn’t respond to oral antibiotics & he was unable to walk,” Jolie Poirier wrote on her Instagram, prior to the procedure. “Sunday we went into the ER & they admitted him for cellulitis. They released him early Wednesday morning but after a 2nd MRI it showed there was an abscess that needs to be drained. So now he’s back in the hospital for surgery. I’ll post an update once he’s out. Thank you everyone for the kind words & support.”

Approximately one hour later, Jolie posted a brief but positive update on her husband’s condition.

“Surgery went well, and just like they expected,” she wrote. “Now on to recovery.”

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Poirier posted an image of his foot Monday in the midst of a series of tweets where he vented his frustration of the persistence of his infection. The image showed foot was red and puffy, ballooned up with some scabbing.

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The tweet attracted his rival Conor McGregor, who broke a leg in their trilogy fight in July.

“Karma the left paw an all haha chop that thing off keep it for Halloween,” McGregor wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

Poirier, 33, most recently competed at UFC 281 in November when he submitted former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler in a back-and-forth scrap. The victory was his fourth win in five fights.

No timetable has yet been given for his return, as he recovers from the infection and procedure.

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie