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Sunday 11 December 2016

McGregor faces months out with an injured wrist

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The Conor McGregor punch that felled Jose Aldoin in Las Vegas
The Conor McGregor punch that felled Jose Aldoin in Las Vegas

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 became undisputed UFC king at the weekend with a 13-second knock-out of long-time champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194. He 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 it will come as a setback to the fighter and his employers. It is understood it occurred during the quick knock-out on Saturday.

The Dubliner was already plotting his next move at the post-fight press conference in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

These included 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.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for McGregor. Having earned a reputed €11m in 2015 the Crumlin man, according to Rob Pearson, PSG sponsorship account director, is likely to earn up to €15m in 2016, though such projections may have to tempered in light of this new development.

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