CONOR MCGREGOR has been medically suspended until January after breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier.
The Notorious suffered a first-round TKO loss to the former interim lightweight champion in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
McGregor, 32, broke his leg seconds before the end of the first round and was unable to continue.
Dana White has since revealed the Irishman will face the winner of a lightweight title showdown between Poirier and champion Charles Oliveira.
But McGregor will have to wait until at least next year to get back into the octagon – unless he is cleared by a doctor.
He has been given a medical suspension until January 7, 2022, unless he receives orthopedic clearance of his fractured left leg.
That also includes a minimum suspension for six weeks, and no contact (sparring) until early to mid August, as per the combat sports regulator MMA.
Speaking after the fight, Ufc president White said: “It sucks, it's brutal. It's not the way you want to see fights end. Dustin Poirier will fight for the title.
“And when Conor is healed and ready to go, you do the rematch I guess. I don't know."
When asked to explain his reasoning for re-booking the fight, White said: “The fight didn't get finished.
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“You can't have a fight finish that way. So we'll see how this whole things plays out. Who knows how long Conor is out [for]?
“Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready.”
McGregor, the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion, underwent surgery on Monday.
When asked if the Dubliner would fight Poirier for the title on the back of two losses, White added: “All that stuff, you can't do the hypotheticals in this sport.
“It's all about timing and what's going on and what has happened since then.
“We've got to see how this whole thing plays out. Conor goes into surgery tomorrow.
“I don't know how long he's going to be out, how much rehab and therapy he's going to need. You know.”
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