Conor McGregor
The Notorious
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 4/6/2019
Handed six-month suspension
January 29, 2019
McGregor was suspended six months and fined $50,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday for his actions in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The suspension is backdated to the date of the incident, so McGregor will be eligible to fight again on April 6, though he does not have any official fights scheduled at this time. Khabib Nurmagomedov -- who jumped the cage after his victory in search of McGregor's teammate -- will be eligible to return on the same day, provided he agrees to take part in an anti-bullying PSA. This sets the stage for a potential rematch during International Fight Week, though it's unclear if this is the next step McGregor's management team will pursue. Multiple opponents have since called out McGregor, such as Donald Cerrone and Dustin Poirier, both of whom would be better stylistic matchups than Nurmagomedov.
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Temporary suspension extended
October 24, 2018
McGregor's temporary suspension has been extended to Dec. 10 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
McGregor and his UFC 229 opponent, Khabib Nurmagomedov, have each already been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to their roles in the post-fight melee. McGregor will now be required to appear in person at a Dec. 10 hearing, at which point a final ruling will be decided. Since other states almost always tend to honor Nevada's decision, this means that neither McGregor or Nurmagomedov will be allowed to book a fight prior to that date. While it was Nurmagomedov that appeared to incite the post-fight situation, both fighters will be subject to fine and suspension.
Handed temporary suspension
October 11, 2018
McGregor will be temporarily suspended Monday for his post-fight antics following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last weekend, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov have both been temporarily suspended the maximum 10 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission. There will be a hearing in Las Vegas on Oct. 24 during which the commission will vote whether to indefinitely suspend both fighters following the completion of their investigation.
Loses to Khabib Nurmagomedov, post-fight brawl ensues
October 6, 2018
McGregor came up short in his quest to regain the UFC Lightweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:03 of Round 4 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
McGregor lost the fight and did so handily, but he is going to come out of this looking like roses compared to Khabib given the foolish actions of the later after the bout ended. As many expected to be the case, Conor had zero answer for Khabib's wrestling game. Sure, he stuffed a couple here and there, but once McGregor ended up on the mat, he was all but defenseless. Conor connected with a few power shots on the feet, but Khabib ate them without issue. Hopefully McGregor isn't disciplined due to the post-fight brawl because none of it was his doing. In fact, a member of Khabib's team jumped the cage and attacked Conor and McGregor did nothing but defend himself. It's a shame that one of the biggest fights in the history of the sport is going to be marred by a terrible incident.
Makes weight, title fight official
October 5, 2018
McGregor weighed in at 154.5 pounds for his lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas, reports.
McGregor reported to weigh-ins roughly halfway through the time allotted, and successfully made the 155-pound title limit. His fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is now official, and he'll be eligible to take the lightweight belt should he emerge victorious. As of Friday morning's weigh-ins, McGregor is approximately a (+150) betting underdog for the main event matchup.
Inks eight-fight deal with UFC
September 20, 2018
McGregor has signed an eight-fight deal with the UFC, Darren Rovell of ESPN reports. According to president Dana White, "It's not hard to do a deal with Conor McGregor because we know what he's worth."
McGregor, who hasn't fought since 2016, will face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 for the lightweight belt. That bout is included in the eight-fight deal. It's possible McGregor does not fight out the entire contract, but any future fight must be under the UFC banner.