Two of the protagonists of the “UFC Vegas 32” main card have some medical time off ahead of them.
Going into last Saturday, former Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight kingpin T.J. Dillashaw had been absent from competition since Jan. 19, 2019. Still, he took home a narrow split decision against Cory Sandhagen in the UFC on ESPN 27 headliner. The fight took a toll on Dillashaw (17-4, 13-4 UFC), who is now facing a six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (via mixedmartialarts.com). The 35-year old already underwent a left knee MRI, which revealed that he suffered a displaced “bucket handle” tear of the lateral meniscus and a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) rupture, requiring surgery.
Bad news for Adrian Yanez (14-3, 3-0 UFC) as well, who is facing potential six-month terms. The 27-year-old fighter stopped Randy Costa with punches at the 2:11 mark of the second stanza. Now, Yanez must have an x-ray of his nasal bones and will require clearance by an ENT doctor.
UFC on ESPN 27 Medical Suspensions:
Cory Sandhagen: suspended 30 days
Raulian Paiva: suspended 45 days
Kyler Phillips: suspended 45 days
Darren Elkins: suspended 45 days
Darrick Minner: suspended 30 days
Miranda Maverick: suspended 30 days
Randy Costa: suspended 45 days
Punahele Soriano: suspended 30 days
Ian Heinisch: suspended 45 days
Jordan Williams: suspended 30 days
Julio Arce: suspended 30 days
Andre Ewell: suspended 30 days
Elise Reed: suspended 45 days
Hannah Goldy: suspended 30 days