Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Conor McGregor may be out of action for the rest of the year following a medical suspension of up to six months after his five-round win against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. As per MMA guidelines every fighter is assessed after each bout to ensure the fighter's safety.
The 28-year-old sustained injuries to his left foot and ankle during the fight, which saw him leaving the venue in crutches to go to the hospital. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NAC) had included McGregor's name in the list of injuries and medical suspensions, which means the Irishman is temporarily suspended at the moment.
Because of the injuries he sustained, McGregor will have to be cleared by an orthopaedic doctor in order to compete before next February. Should he receive clearance he will be eligible to fight by 20 October, but cannot take part in contact training until 5 October.
The injury may rule out the Irishman from taking part in Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) historic inaugural New York event at the Madison Square Garden, with UFC 205 set to take place on 12 November. Given the substantial Irish community present in New York, McGregor was set to potentially headline the event, which might not happen now and will be a loss for UFC in terms of gate receipts and Pay Per View money.
His opponent at the recently concluded UFC 202 event, Nate Diaz, is suspended for just 30 days as his wounds were said to be superficial and he will be available to take part in the 12 November event at New York. President Dana White has quashed rumours of the trilogy fight between the duo happening anytime soon, confirming that McGregor will face a new opponent in his next fight.