UFC 264 Medical Suspensions: Conor McGregor, Greg Hardy Among Those Facing 6 Months

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jul 13, 2021


It should come as no surprise that Conor McGregor is one of six fighters from UFC 264 who is facing a lengthy medical suspension.

The former two-division champion suffered a broken left leg late in the first round of his trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier this past Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The “Notorious” one must receive orthopedic doctor clearance or he will be sidelined until Jan. 7. At a minimum, McGregor is suspended until Aug. 25 with no contact until Aug. 10. The Irish star underwent surgery for the injury on Sunday, when he had an intramedullary rod inserted into his tibia and a small plate and screws attached to the fibula.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently released a full list of medical suspensions from the event to mixedmartialarts.com. Poirier, who improved to 2-1 in his series with McGregor, emerged with a clean bill of health.

Elsewhere, former NFL Pro Bowler Greg Hardy is also looking at a six-month term following a 67-second knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa in a featured heavyweight bout. Hardy must have a left orbital fracture and a fractured nose cleared by a doctor or he will be out of commission until Jan. 7.

Four other fighters from UFC 264 are also facing six-month suspensions pending doctor clearance: Yana Kunitskaya (nose), Sean O'Malley (hands, left tibia, right foot), Ryan Hall (left hand) and Omari Akhmedov (nose).

UFC 264 Medical Suspensions:

Conor McGregor: needs orthopedic doctor clearance of fractured left leg or no contest until 01/07/22; minimum suspension and no contest until 08/25/21, no contact until 08/10/21

Stephen Thompson: suspended until 8/10/21; No contact until 8/1/21

Greg Hardy: must have left orbital fracture cleared by an ophthalmologist doctor, and fractured nose cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 01/07/22; minimum suspension, no contest until 08/25/21, no contact until 08/10/21

Yana Kunitskaya: must have fractured nose cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 01/07/2; minimum suspension and no contest until 08/25/21, no contact until 08/10/21

Sean O'Malley: must have both hands x-rayed to rule out fracture, also left tibia and right foot x-rayed if results are positive needs orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 01/07/22; minimum suspension and no contest until 08/10/21, no contact until 08/01/21

Max Griffin: suspended until 08/10/21; No contact until 08/01/21 (Left knee and left shin pain; follow up with primary care doctor if needed)

Carlos Condit: suspended until 08/10/21; No contact until 08/01/21 (left upper lip cut)

Michel Pereira: suspended until 08/10/21; No contact until 08/01/21

Niko Price: suspended until 08/10/21; No contact until 08/01/21 (left elbow swelling)

Ryan Hall: must have fractured left hand cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until 01/07/22; minimum suspension and no contest until 08/25/21, no contact until 08/10/21

Dricus Du Plessis: suspended until 08/10/21; No contact until 08/01/21

Trevin Giles: suspended until 08/25/21; No contact until 08/10/21

Jessica Eye: suspended until 08/25/21; No contact until 08/10/21 (forehead laceration)

Brad Tavares: suspended until 08/10/21; No contact until 08/01/21

Omari Akhmedov: must have nose fracture cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 01/07/22; Minimum suspension and no contest until 08/10/21, no contact until 08/01/21

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