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Jon Jones' situation might re-open door for Conor McGregor at UFC 200

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Despite what he may have claimed on social media recently, Conor McGregor is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the UFC 200 pay-per-view.

Dana White has reiterated his position - that McGregor will not be involved at the July event after having his rematch with Nate Diaz pulled - several times this week, and it genuinely looks like the organisation is making plans that do not involve the Irishman.

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After Jon Jones' successful return to the octagon over the weekend, a lot of people anticipate 'Bones' to be at the centre of those plans. Now, though, a new update regarding Jones' status might have actually once again opened the UFC 200 door for McGregor.

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As reported by Fox Sports, Jones was handed a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada State Atheltic Commission in the aftermath of his five-round fight with Ovince Saint Preux over the weekend.

If he isn't cleared by doctors in the near future - a process that will involve assessing x-rays on an injured left foot that meant leaving UFC 197 in a wheelchair - Jones will not be able to fight again until at least October.

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Even those with just a basic understanding of the Gregorian calendar will realise that would put the 28-year-old out of UFC 200, set to take place in just under three months time.

Jones himself has taken to Twitter today to update fans and, although he suggested his recovery is going well, he did confirm no x-ray has taken place at this stage.

The UFC were expected to set up a fight between Jones and his rival Daniel Cormier for UFC 200.

Considering the history between the two fighters - they were Wrestling Observer Newsletter's 'Feud of the Year' in 2014 - a Jones vs Cormier rematch would certainly have been big enough to headline the July 9 event in the absence of Conor McGregor.

With the New York native's status in the balance as things stand, however, the UFC cannot currently play one of their biggest cards.

Pressure on

If Jones was injury-free right now, White could easily announce the Light Heavyweight champion as UFC 200's headline name. Fight fans might be disappointed not to see McGregor on the card, but Jones and Cormier would still be enough to ensure a highly-anticipated pay-per-view.

In contrast, if (and it remains a big if until x-ray results are made public) Jones isn't able to fight, McGregor's camp will be able to continue pushing White and the UFC hierarchy to reverse their decision, safe in the knowledge that the organisation is running out of options for UFC 200 that will appease fans.

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Things will become clearer in the coming days but, as bad as it may sound, McGregor might be wishing his fellow fighter ill right now as he looks to bounce back from a bizarre week.

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