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McGregor facing up to six months out of the octagon after UFC 202

The Notorious will only be able to return early on doctor’s orders after leaving the arena on crutches.

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CONOR MCGREGOR HAS been given a possible six-month medical suspension after his gruelling five-round bout against Nate Diaz last weekend.

The suspension was handed to the Notorious because of injuries sustained to his left shin and ankle, but can be waived early with clearance from an orthopaedic doctor.

Concerns were raised for McGregor when he attended the post-fight press conference on crutches, but according to MMAjunkie.com, the Dubliner said that there was no fracture, and that his shin was simply sore from the leg kicks that he delivered to Diaz during the fight.

A total of 13 medical suspensions have been handed out following UFC 202, which are common practice as every fighter is assessed after bouts to ensure their safety.

Nate Diaz, meanwhile, who lost on points to McGregor during UFC 202, was given a 30-day suspension, as the facial lacerations and bruising that he suffered were deemed to have a quicker recovery time.

McGregor’s minimum suspension will be until 20 October, with no contact training until 5 October. If the longer suspension is upheld, he could be out of contact training for any length up to 17 December, meaning it would be February 2017 before he fights again.

If this suspension is upheld, it also means that McGregor would lose out on a place on the UFC 205 fight card, which will be the first UFC event to take place in New York’s Madison Square Gardens on 12 November.

McGregor’s SBG teammate Artem Lobov was also handed a possible six-month suspension after after beating Chris Avila at UFC 202, over fears of a fracture to his right leg and ankle, but can similarly have it waived early following an x-ray and clearance from a doctor.
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