UFC 245 Medical Suspensions: Usman, Covington, Volkanovski Facing Lengthy Layoffs

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 16, 2019


Some of the main components of this past Saturday’s UFC 245 card are facing potentially lengthy layoffs — including headliners Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.

Both Usman and Covington looking at 180-day terms, according to medical suspensions released by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Usman, who retained his welterweight crown via fifth-round TKO at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is out for sixth months unless an x-ray of his left thumb is cleared by a physician. At a minimum, the champ is suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days.

Covington, meanwhile, will be sidelined 180 days unless his jaw injury is cleared by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. “Chaos” is also suspended for 60 days with no contact for 45 days.

New featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is suspended 180 days unless he receives clearance on an x-ray of his right hand. Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway by unanimous decision in the UFC 245 co-main event to claim 145-pound gold. Holloway, meanwhile, is suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to leg pain.

Four other fighters from UFC 245 are also facing possible 180-day sits: Petr Yan (right foot), Mike Perry (nose), Geoff Neal (left ribs) and Viviane Araujo (hand, foot and leg).

UFC 245 Medical Suspensions:

Kamaru Usman: Suspended 180 days or until x-ray of left thumb is cleared by physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Colby Covington: Suspended 180 days or until nondisplaced midline mandibular fracture is cleared by oral and maxillofacial surgeon; also suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days

Alexander Volkanovski: Suspended 180 days or until x-ray of right hand is cleared by orthopedic physician; also suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days

Max Holloway: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to leg pain

Amanda Nunes: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Germaine de Randamie: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Marlon Moraes: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 21 days due to cut on left eyelid

Jose Aldo: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Petr Yan: Suspended 180 days or until x-ray of right foot is cleared by an orthopedic physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Urijah Faber: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days

Mike Perry: Suspended 180 days or until nasal x-ray is cleared by physician; also suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days

Geoff Neal: Suspended for 180 days or until x-ray of left ribs is cleared by physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Ketlen Vieira: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days

Ian Heinisch: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Omari Akhmedov: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Ben Saunders: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days

Matt Brown: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to cut on left eyebrow

Daniel Teymur: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days

Kai Kara-France: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Brandon Moreno: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Viviane Araujo: Suspended 180 days or until x-ray/MRI of right hand and x-ray of right foot and left tibia/fibia are cleared by physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

Jessica Eye: Suspended 60 days or until eye injury is cleared by physician; no contact for 21 days due to cut on left cheek

Oskar Piechota: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days

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