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Conor McGregor could receive six-month medical suspension following UFC title win

By Tom Rooney

Published 15/12/2015

Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Conor McGregor, left, fights Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor may have to put his grand plans for world domination on hold due to a wrist injury which could keep him out of action until next June.

McGregor, who unified the 145 lbs. title with a 13 second knockout of long-time champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on Saturday night, is one of nine fighters from the event that could face a  six-month medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, pending an X-ray on his left wrist.

Though the extent of McGregor’s injury is yet to be established, this will come as a great blow to the fighter and his employers.

The Dubliner was already plotting his next move at the post fight press conference in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, such as a move up to lightweight to fight for the title early next year, or defending his newly earned belt against Frankie Edgar, with Croke Park once again being touted as a potential venue.

What’s more, the UFC have tentatively booked Madison Square Garden for their first ever show in New York next  April, and McGregor is almost certainly at the top of their list of potential headliners.

However, should the worst case scenario materialise, ‘The Notorious,’ in theory at least, will  be fighting fit for UFC 200 in Las Vegas on July 9, which is expected to be the promotion’s most extravagant event ever.

According to the medical report released this morning by mmafighting.com, Aldo will not be cleared to fight until February.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for 'Mystic Mac' and, indeed, his bank balance. Having earned a reputed €11m in 2015 the Crumlin man, according to Rob Pearson, PSG Sponsorship Account Director, is likely to earn an even greater sum (€15m) in 2016, though such projections may have to tempered in light of this new development.

Moreover, the owner of the most lethal left hand in the business also shot up the UFC's contentious, and truthfully hypothetical, pound-for pound rankings. He now sits third, behind former light-heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones and flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

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