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Conor McGregor will have to be patient in his quest to avenge his defeat at UFC 257 on Fight Island.
The Irishman was on the end of a stunning knockout victory as an inspired Dustin Poirier battled back into immediate title contention with a second round flurry of punches.
Before the bout, McGregor insisted that he wanted to fight an astonishing seven times over the next 18 months, with three fights left on his UFC contract.
McGregor, 32, has since been handed a mandatory 45-day suspension for his defeat, and a further 180-day suspension because of the leg injury he suffered.
However, he could return sooner than that should a doctor take a positive stance on X-Rays of the area that was damaged in his tibia and tibia.
Despite leaving the area with the help of a crutch following an early barrage of leg kicks from his American opponent, his coach is backing a rematch in May.
"He's already harassing everybody to get the rematch; he'd love the rematch and I don't think Dustin is against that," John Kavanagh told ESPN.
McGregor said of his defeat in Abu Dhabi: "It's heart-breaking and hard to take.
"My leg is completely dead. It's like an American football in my suit at the minute.
"If you put in the time in here, you're going to get cosy in here and I just have to dust it off and come back and that's what I will do. I need activity, you don't get away with being inactive in this business.
"As long as you stay active and as long as you compete, things shape around you. You show up, you reap the rewards. That's what happened for Dustin and it's what's happened against me.
"I'll keep my eyes on the prize. Don't write me off yet, I'll make my adjustments and keep moving.
“I’ll go back, get healthy and I'll re-prepare. I've got to a great place in my body physically and I'll continue to grow that."
- Conor Mcgregor
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