Conor McGregor won’t be getting back inside the octagon anytime soon after receiving a lengthy medical suspension.
The Irishman suffered a horrific broken leg during his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 with fractures in both his tibia and fibias.
Poirier was given a TKO victory after McGregor was unable to continue but ‘The Notorious’ has vowed that he will return to the octagon and he wants to face Poirier for a fourth time.
But that will not be happening in 2021.
Al Dawson of Business Insider reports: “Conor McGregor has been given a medical suspension until January 7, 2022, unless he receives orthopedic clearance of his fractured left leg.
“Minimum suspension for six weeks, and no contact (sparring) until early to mid August, as per the combat sports record-keeper MMA.”
Poirier is heading to a UFC lightweight title match with Charles Oliviera next and could well be champion by the time McGregor is allowed to compete again.
McGregor confirmed that he had successful surgery on his broken leg in a video posted on social media on Monday.
The first-ever UFC double champion said that he would rest for six weeks and then the rehab from his injury will begin. He promised fans that he will be back.
UFC president Dana White seemed open to making a fourth encounter between Poirier and McGregor and when you look at the buy rates, it’s easy to see why.
Their second encounter at UFC 257 drew 1.6 million pay-per-view buys, which, at the time, was the joint-second most bought PPV in the company’s history.
White said he believed UFC 264 did ‘anywhere between 1.7 and 1.8m’ buys and that would make that the outright second-best ever and gives McGregor seven of the top nine bought UFC shows of all-time.
McGregor hasn’t been winning, but his pay-per-view star power is still several levels above anybody else and it’s not close. While that remains the case, he’ll have a spot to shoot his shot in the UFC.