Conor McGregor will be unable to fight for at least 60 days after the Nevada Athletic Commission announced its medical suspension for the reigning UFC lightweight champion on Monday, August 28, 2017.
MMA Fighting quoted a press statement issued yesterday by the Nevada Athletic Commission as saying that McGregor, who lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, in his first professional boxing fight, will – together with five other fighters – be forced to sit out a minimum of 60 days before returning to active competition.
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McGregor was stopped with a flurry of punches at the 1:05 mark of the 10th frame after a strong early performance.
Even in defeat, McGregor impressed many fans who had written off his chances of winning. Some even pondered whether McGregor would step back in the ring again.
“I was actually very surprised with his ability to do certain things,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said, per MMAJunkie’s Fernanda Prates and John Morgan.
“If he chooses to, he definitely has a future in boxing—if he chooses to. To be able to last as long as he did, he’s a very tough competitor. He has a big heart and, again, he’s showed a lot.”
UFC President Dana White, however, was less enthused with the idea of McGregor’s pursuing a boxing career.
“I would rather he did not,” White said, per the Independent’s Luke Brown. … “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist, he’s better when he uses all of his weapons. I think he did great tonight but I want to see him back in the UFC.”
Here is the full list of those under medical suspensions:
- Conor McGregor: suspended until Oct. 26 with no contact until Oct. 11
- Nathan Cleverly: suspended until Oct. 11 with no contact until Sept. 26
- Thomas Dulorme: suspended until Sept. 26 with no contact until Sept. 17
- Juan Heraldez: needs X-ray clearance on left hand, if positive then needs clearance by orthopedic doctor or suspended until Feb. 23; minimum suspension until Oct. 11 with no contact until Sept. 26
- Jose Miguel Borrego: Must have X-ray on left knee within 10 days, if positive then needs clearance by orthopedic doctor or suspended until Feb. 23; minimum suspension until Sept. 26 with no contact until Sept. 17
- Kevin Newman: suspended until Oct. 11 with no contact until Sept. 26