BREAKING: Conor McGregor Faces Medical Suspension Till 2022 After Snapping His Leg At UFC 264

Published 07/13/2021, 1:26 PM EDT


Former UFC dual division champion Conor McGregor suffered a devastating loss in his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. His night came to an abrupt end when his left leg snapped in the dying seconds of round 1. The match referee Herb Dean called off the fight and handed over a TKO win to Poirier.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

As if the injury and subsequent loss were not enough, McGregor’s fans dealt another jolt as the doctors have now medically suspended him from a fight till 2022.

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The ‘Notorious’ one went under the knife on Sunday and subsequently informed his fans about the successful surgery. He even informed his fans that he would be on crutches for six weeks.

Now, Sports reporter Al Dawson recently tweeted that McGregor has been suspended till January 2022. Though he can be cleared sooner by a doctor. Although that’s a possibility, it’s still hard to imagine McGregor coming back to action later this year.

Dawson wrote, “JUST IN: 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 regulator MMA.”

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Chris Weidman had suffered the same injury as Conor McGregor did

McGregor (22-6) isn’t alone in the list of fighters who have broken their leg. Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman too suffered a similar fate in his match against Uriah Hall at UFC 261.

Given the circumstances, fight fans and various sports pundits feared that his career would be over after the nasty incident at UFC 261. Weidman though underwent successful surgery and has recently returned to gym training.

So fans can hope McGregor would follow the same suit as the former middleweight champion. But it will solely depend on his interest and how he wants to approach the return process.

It is also a notable fact that McGregor had sent a message to Weidman following the latter’s injury. McGregor had tweeted and wrote, “Hoping Chris Weidman has full recovery! Never nice to see. Crazy is the calf kick. No skill, balance, or flexibility, or anything does it take.”

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“It’s like watching a punt of a pig skin in the 50s. Up the yard! Crazy how it can go either way. One great for you, or real bad against.”

It will be interesting to see when Conor returns to action. He has repeatedly claimed he would fight Poirier again. Even UFC supremo Dana White has indicated about a fourth fight. Although right now, he will be more concerned about his recovery from that ghastly injury.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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