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UFC 245 medical suspensions: Colby Covington risks half year layoff

Now the the medical suspensions for UFC 245 have been released, controversial title challenger Colby Covington may miss much of 2020

UFC 245, which aired this past Saturday, ended up being one of the best cards of the year, delivering seven T/KO finishes. The main event saw controversial and brash Colby Covington challenge Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. As became apparent to those watching the broadcast, Covington broke hos jaw during the fight, and was finished via fifth round TKO. Now the medical suspensions for UFC 245 have been released, and Covington risks a lengthy layoff following his five round war with Usman.

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The medical suspensions, courtesy of MMAjunkie, show Covington has been handed a 180 day layoff, cirka six months. Covington can however be cleared earlier pending the allowance by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Covington went several rounds with a fracture in his jaw, it remains to be seen how he manages to heal up following the fast-paced fight.

Usman also felt the effects of the five round war, as an injury to his left thumb needs to be cleared by a physician to allow the welterweight champion to return earlier. In addition, Viviane Araujo, Alexander Volkanovski, Petr Yan and Geoff Neal all received 180 day suspensions that will require clearance by a physician to avoid the full half year suspension.

Full medical suspensions can be found below.

UFC 245 medical suspensions: Preliminary card

  • Puna Soriano: No suspension Oskar Piechota: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 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
  • 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
  • Brandon Moreno: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Kai Kara-France: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Chase Hooper: No suspension
  • Daniel Teymur: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
  • Matt Brown: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to cut on left eyebrow Ben Saunders: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days
  • Omari Akhmedov: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Ian Henisch: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Irene Aldana: No Suspension
  • Ketlen Viera: 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 Mike Perry: Suspended 180 days or until nasal x-ray is cleared by physician; also suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days

UFC 245 medical suspensions: Main card

  • 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
  • Marlon Moraes: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 21 days due to cut on left eyelid
  • Jose Aldo/autotag]: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Amanda Nunes: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Germaine de Randamie: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 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
  • 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

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com
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