UFC Fight Island 2 Medical Suspensions: Carolina Gets Longest Layoff

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 17: Luana Carolina of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 17, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Perhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise to most, but Luana Carolina will be on the shelf for quite some time. After being on the wrong end of a highlight reel kneebar from Ariane Lipski, the Brazilian faces a mandatory six month suspension to allow her left knee to heal. That, as with most medical suspensions, can be shortened by a doctor and a clean MRI on said knee.

Among the other notable layoffs from Saturday’s card is Brett Johns. The Welshman took a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Montel Jackson winning 29-28 on each of the judges scorecards. In the first round of the fight, Johns was dropped with a shot, but recovered to win the last two rounds. He’s looking at 45 days on the shelf. Jackson, on the other hand, only faces seven days off from the bout.

Also of note, Kelvin Gastelum appears to have sustained no structural damage to his knee following a heel hook loss to Jack Hermansson. The second leg lock finish of the night only resulted in a mere seven day mandatory suspension for Gastelum.

Because of the lack of a governing body at the events in Abu Dhabi, the suspensions are handed down internally by the UFC and reported out.

Deiveson Figueiredo – 7 days
Joseph Benavidez – 45 days
Jack Hermansson – 7 days
Kelvin Gastelum – 7 days
Rafael Fiziev – 30 days
Marc Diakiese – 30 days
Luana Carolina – 180 days or until cleared by MRI on left knee
Ariane Lipski – 7 days
Askar Askarov – 7 days
Alexandre Pantoja – 7 days
Roman Dolidze – 7 days
Khadis Ibragimov – 45 days
Grant Dawson – 7 days
Nad Narimani – 30 days
Joel Alvarez – 7 days
Joesph Duffy – 7 days
Brett Johns – 45 days
Montel Jackson – 7 days
Amir Albazi – 7 days
Malcolm Gordon – 7 days
Arman Tsarukyan – 30 days
Davi Ramos – 45 days
Serghei Spivak – 7 days
Carlos Felipe – 7 days

Numbers originally reported by Kirik Jenness