UFC 257 Medical Suspensions: A Long Time with No Conor

Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, UFC 257 weigh-in
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Opponents Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor of Ireland face off during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Following his loss in the UFC 257 main event to Dustin Poirier, MMA superstar Conor McGregor made it clear that this wasn’t the last we would see of him in 2021. This echoed a statement that he made following a January 2020 win over Donald Cerrone, which wound up being his only fight in that year. However, if McGregor is to be believed, he plans on working in at least two or three more fights this year. If that is the case, he may have a crowded second half of the year due to a medical suspension.

When they were handed down for this past Saturday’s event, Conor was the most notable name on the list in terms of length. His suspension is set at 180 days pending a closer look at his tibia and fibula. He, like most medically suspended for that amount of time, can be cleared earlier by an x-ray and a trip to the doctor’s.

Only two other fighters from this past weekend’s card are looking at similar suspensions. Andrew Sanchez, who was finished by Makhmud Muradov, will need multiple x-rays to get cleared early. Not only does he have potential damage to the tibia and fibula like McGregor, but he also has damage to his nose that will need to be looked at. Secondly is Matt Frevola, who lost a tough bout to rising star Arman Tsarkuryan. He’ll need his hand looked at to avoid the six months on the shelf.

Full list of medical suspensions:

Dustin Poirier – 7 Days
Conor McGregor – 180 Days or until cleared by right tibia/fibula x-ray
Michael Chandler – 7 Days
Dan Hooker – 45 Days
Makhmud Muradov – 30 Days
Andrew Sanchez – 180 Days or until cleared by x-rays to left tibia/fibula and nasal
Marina Rodriguez – 7 Days
Amanda Ribas – 45 Days
Arman Tsarukyan – 30 Days
Matt Frevola – 180 Days or until cleared by right hand x-ray
Brad Tavares – 7 Days
Antonio Carlos Jr. – 30 Days
Julianna Pena – 7 Days
Sarah McMann – 30 Days
Marcin Prachnio – 30 Days
Khalil Rountree – 30 Days
Movsar Evloev – 7 Days
Nik Lentz – 45 Days
Amir Albazi – 30 Days
Zhalgas Zhumagulov – 30 Days

Suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.