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Conor McGregor Suspended from UFC for 6 Months

Conor McGregor has been suspended from fighting in the UFC for the next six months due to medical reasons. The Irish star suffered from his first knockout loss in the main event at UFC 257, defeated by American Dustin Poirier in the second round. This brings their rivalry to 1-1, with McGregor pushing for an immediate rematch with the UFC lightweight title on the line.

MMA.tv, which is part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, confirmed last Tuesday that McGregor has been medically suspended for up to six months. As a result, McGregor is banned from all contact for 30 days, but if the x-rays on his right fibula/tibia are negative, he can return to the sport after 45 days. The 32-year-old’s quest for a rematch against Poirier, and the UFC lightweight title, will now have to wait until July.

When asked if he plans on fighting again in 2021, McGregor said, “Of course. I need activity, guys, come on. You don’t get away with being inactive and that’s the way it is. I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted, to be honest. I’m gutted. I put so much work in.

“Well done, Dustin. We’re one and one. Good man. It’s a tough one to swallow. I put in a lot of work, I’m proud of my work. I would’ve liked to have represented my team a little bit better. But we’ll get to go again and that’s it.”

The UFC is in a difficult position because a rematch between McGregor and Poirier would have been huge. The lightweight division is one of the most talented in the UFC, and none of the other fighters comes close to the star power McGregor possesses and deserves a title fight against him.

It will be interesting to see how the lightweight division develops from here and when we will next see McGregor in the octagon.