UFC Fight Night 128 Medical Suspensions: Barboza Sidelined Indefinitely After Lopsided Defeat

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 23, 2018


Edson Barboza took a beating from Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night 128, and now the Brazilian lightweight is looking at an indefinite medical suspension.

Barboza displayed remarkable toughness and nearly knocked out Lee with a spinning heel kick in the third round but ultimately lost via fifth-round doctor’s stoppage in Saturday’s headliner at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. For much of the fight, Barboza was battered by vicious ground-and-pound from Lee. As a result of the bout, Barboza is suspended indefinitely pending a CT scan of head and facial bones. At a minimum, he is sidelined for 60 days with 30 days of no contact. Lee, meanwhile, was suspended for 30 days with no contract during training.

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board recently released a full list of medical suspensions from the event.

A grand total of nine fighters from UFC Fight Night 128 are looking at potential indefinite layoffs including main card notables Justin Willis (ribs and hip/groin), David Branch (lower left leg), Brett Johns (neurological exam), Aljamain Sterling (left ankle/foot) and Jim Miller (head and orbital bones).

UFC Fight Night 128 Medical Suspensions:

Kevin Lee: suspended for 30 days with no contact during training

Edson Barboza: suspended indefinitely pending CT scan of head and facial bones; suspended at minimum for 60 days with 30 days no contact during training due to TKO and facial lacerations

Cub Swanson: suspended 14 days with no contact during training

Justin Willis: suspended indefinitely pending X-rays of ribs and right hip/groin; suspended at minimum for 30 days

Chase Sherman: suspended 30 days

David Branch: suspended indefinitely pending X-rays of lower left leg

Thiago Santos: suspended for 60 days with 21 days no contact during training due to knockout loss

Brett Johns: suspended indefinitely pending neurological exam; suspended at minimum for 45 days

Aljamain Sterling: suspended indefinitely pending X-rays of left ankle/foot

Jim Miller: suspended indefinitely pending CT scan of head and orbital bones; suspended at minimum for 60 days with 21 days no contact during training due to knockout loss

Ryan LaFlare: suspended indefinitely pending X-rays of left knee and left elbow; suspended at minimum 14 days with no contact during training

Alex Garcia: suspended 14 days with no contact during training

Siyar Bahadurzada: suspended indefinitely pending X-rays of right hand and right ribs

Luan Chagas: suspended indefinitely pending CT scan of head and abdomen as well as neurological exam; suspended at minimum for 60 days with 21 days no contact during training due to knockout loss

Patrick Cummins: suspended indefinitely pending CT scan of head and abdomen; suspended at minimum 60 days due to right eye laceration

Ricky Simon: suspended for 30 days

Merab Dvalishvili: suspended for 30 days with 15 days no contact during training

Keita Nakamura: suspended for 45 days due to eyelid laceration

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