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Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight king Kamaru Usman faces a possible lengthy medical suspension following his 25-minute ordeal with Jorge Masvidal.
According to information provided to mixedmartialarts.com on Friday, Usman may be unable to step in the Octagon for the foreseeable future unless he gets medically cleared. Usman defended his 170-pound strap with a five-round decision over Masvidal at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at UFC 251. Although the champ only absorbed 23 significant strikes to the head, he will need to be cleared by a Nasal X-Ray or will be on the shelf for a six-month period. He also has been issued a minimum 21-day no contact order, even if he is cleared.
Elsewhere on the card, former light heavyweight turned heavyweight Maxim Grishin made his promotional debut against Marcin Tybura, where he dropped a one-sided unanimous verdict. The damage Grishin took in the bout earned him an identical potential suspension to Usman, facing 180 days away unless he is cleared by a Nasal X-Ray. At the minimum, Grishin will be suspended for 21 days with no contact.
Kicking off the evening at bantamweight, Martin Day was separated from his consciousness with one punch from Davey Grant. Despite this finish, of the two fighters involved, Grant is the one that will need to cleared by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or he will not be allowed to compete for 180 days. He has been given 30 days no contact as a minimum suspension.
UFC 251 Medical Suspensions:Kamaru Usman: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by Nasal X-Ray; also suspended 21 days with no contact
Jorge Masvidal: Suspended 30 days due to forehead laceration with no contact for 21 days
Alexander Volkanovski: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Max Holloway: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Petr Yan: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Jose Aldo: Suspended 45 days due to knockout loss with no contact for 30 days
Jessica Andrade: Suspended seven days
Rose Namajunas: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Paige VanZant: Suspended seven days
Amanda Ribas: Suspended seven days
Volkan Oezdemir: Suspended 60 days due to knockout loss with no contact for 45 days
Jiri Prochazka: Suspended seven days
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: Suspended seven days
Muslim Salikhov: Suspended seven days
Makwan Amirkhani: Suspended seven days
Danny Henry: Suspended seven days
Leonardo Santos: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Roman Bogatov: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Marcin Tybura: Suspended seven days
Maxim Grishin: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by Nasal X-Ray; also suspended 21 days with no contact
Zhalgas Zhumagulov: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Raulian Paiva: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Karol Rosa: Suspended seven days
Vanessa Melo: Suspended seven days
Martin Day: Suspended 60 days due to knockout loss with no contact for 45 days
Davey Grant: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by an OMF; also suspended 30 days with no contact.
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