Undefeated bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley may have a bright future in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but before he returns to the Octagon, he’ll need to tend to his left foot and hand.
On Monday, the Nevada Athletic Commission released a full list of medical suspensions pertaining to the UFC’s recent “The Ultimate Fighter 26” Finale. The card took place this past Friday night at the Park Theater Las Vegas.
In the card’s main event, TUF 26’s No. 14 seed Nicco Montano won a one-sided five-round decision over veteran Roxanne Modafferi, the season’s top seed, to become the UFC’s inaugural women’s flyweight champion. Montano received no suspension for her 25-minute title win, wile Modafferi was suspended until the new year with no contact until Dec. 23.
O’Malley, 23, hammered out an impressive unanimous decision win on the card over Terrion Ware, but suffered injuries to his left hand and foot in the process. “Sugar Sean” will need orthopedic clearance on both, or else he faces a 180-day suspension until May 31, 2018.
TUF 26 alumni Ariel Beck (left wrist), Melinda Fabian (left thumb) and Barb Honchak (right hand) are also facing six-month suspensions if not given the orthopedic OK.
Full “The Ultimate Fighter 26” Medical Suspensions:
Ariel Beck: Requires X-ray and orthopedic clearance of left wrist or no contest until May 31; minimum suspension until Jan. 16, no contact until Jan. 1. Melinda Fabian: Requires X-ray and orthopedic clearance of left thumb or no contest until May 31; minimum suspension until Dec. 13, no contact until Dec. 16. Barb Honchak: Requires X-ray and orthopedic clearance of right hand or no contest until May 31.
Ryan Janes: Suspended until Jan. 1, no contact until Dec. 23 due to tough fight.
Roxanne Modafferi: Suspended until Jan. 1, no contact until Dec. 23.
Sean O’Malley: Requires x-ray and orthopedic clearance of left hand and left foot or no contest until May 31.
Andrew Sanchez: Suspended until Jan. 16, no contact until Jan. 1 due to lip laceration.
Eric Spicely: Suspended until Jan. 16, no contact until Jan. 1.
Terrion Ware: Suspended until Dec. 23, no contact until Dec. 16.