UFC Fight Night 175 Medical Suspensions: 3 Women Face Possible 180-Day Terms

By Jay Pettry Sep 3, 2020

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Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight Ji Yeon Kim may have suffered more than just a loss at UFC Fight Night 175.

According to promotional paperwork provided to mixedmartialarts.com on Thursday, three different competitors from the recent Fight Night card face lengthy suspensions. Headlining the event was a three-round light heavyweight bout, where Aleksandar Rakic captured a one-sided unanimous verdict against Anthony Smith. For his overwhelming defeat, Smith has been handed a 45-day suspension with no contact for one month by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Main card participant Kim dropped a unanimous decision to Alexa Grasso earlier on the card, and she may have broken her right orbital bone in the process. Absorbing 51 blows to the head caused a potential fracture, although Kim can be cleared by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or an ophthalmologist to return sooner. The earliest Kim can return to action is in 45 days, and the South Korean known as “Fire Fist” is suspended from all contact for a month regardless of the result.

Two other competitors throughout the evening may also be staring down the barrel of six-month suspensions: Polyana Viana and Mallory Martin. Although Viana tapped Emily Whitmire with an armbar early in the match, she has suffered injuries to her right thumb and right foot that will require an MRI and an x-ray, respectively. Mallory Martin also finished Hannah Cifers in their bout with a rear-naked choke in the second round, but possibly injured her right knee and needs an MRI to get clearance to compete again. Viana will be suspended for a minimum of one month, while Martin is receiving a mandatory a two-month layoff.

UFC Fight Night 175 Medical Suspensions:

Anthony Smith: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Aleksandar Rakic: No suspension.

Robbie Lawler: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to a laceration on his nose.
Neil Magny: Suspended 45 days pending the clearance of a cut on his right elbow; also suspended 14 days minimum with no contact.

Ji Yeon Kim: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of right orbital non-displaced fracture; also suspended 45 days minimum with no contact for 30 days.
Alexa Grasso: No suspension.

Ricardo Lamas: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Bill Algeo: No suspension.

Maki Pitolo: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to lacerations on his face.
Impa Kasanganay: Suspended 45 days pending clearance of right eye laceration; also suspended 14 days minimum with no contact.

Zak Cummings: No suspension.
Alessio Di Chirico: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

Alex Caceres: No suspension.
Austin Springer: No suspension.

Christian Aguilera: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to lacerations to his right eyebrow and nose.
Sean Brady: No suspension.

Emily Whitmire: Suspended 30 days with no contact for pain in her left elbow.
Polyana Viana: Suspended 180 days unless cleared with MRI for her right thumb and an x-ray of her right foot; also suspended 30 days minimum with no contact for 21 days.

Mallory Martin: Suspended 180 days unless cleared with MRI for right knee; also suspended 60 days minimum with no contact for 45 days.
Hannah Cifers: Suspended 45 days unless cleared by doctor for laceration on nose; also suspended 30 days minimum with no contact for 21 days.

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