Conor McGregor sidelined up to 6 months
Unless a doctor says otherwise, mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor cannot fight for 180 days following a beating he took in the ring Saturday night at the hands and feet of Dustin Poirier.
Insider reports the Irish fighter, who limped out of the ring following a surprising second-round knockout in Abu Dhabi, was handed the suspension as part of UFC protocol meant to protect its combatants.
McGregor reportedly sustained injuries to his right tibia and fibula. A physician would have to X-ray the 32-year-old brawler’s lower leg before he can climb back into the ring.
Poirier, the American fighter who kicked the life out of McGregor’s shins before finishing him off, has also been ordered to rest one week to nurse his wounds.
"We compromised his leg, and he was in a bad position early just from the repeated leg kicks," New York Daily News cited Poirier as saying.
McGregor said one of his legs was "completely dead" during the competition on Fight Island, where the UFC has hosted fights during the COVID-19 pandemic.