UFC Vegas 6 Medical Suspensions: Four Out for Half a Year

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Irwin Rivera and Ali Al Qaisi, UFC Vegas 6
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Irwin Rivera of Mexico punches Ali AlQaisi of Jordan in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

UFC Vegas 6 had some brutal fights and plenty of stoppages, and the medical suspensions handed down by the NSAC reflect that. When all was said and done, four fighters were determined to have injuries significant enough to put them on the shelf for six months.

The first of these fighters was actually the winner of the night’s opening bout, Irwin Rivera. In his hard back and forth bout against Ali AlQaisi, Rivera appears to have injured his hand and wrist on the right side.

Rivera wasn’t the only winner among the long suspensions. Yana Kunitskaya took an unanimous decision victory over Julija Stoliarenko to kick off the night’s main card. In doing so, she suffered an injury to her neck and right arm that may have her sidelined until February.

Somewhat less surprising suspensions belong to Scott Holtzman and Peter Barrett. Both men lost their respective bouts convincingly. Holtzman’s came by spinning back elbow (wrist?) to Beneil Dariush, causing a facial injury. Barrett meanwhile went the distance in a one-sided fight with Youssef Zalal and suffered a rib injury.

All of the aforementioned fighters can lessen their suspension with clearance from a clean x-ray, MRI or, in the case of Holtzman, clearance from a surgeon.

A complete list of suspensions from the event are below.

Alexei Oleinik – 45 days
Chris Weidman – 30 days
Omari Akhmedov – 30 days
Darren Stewart – 30 days
Yana Kunitskaya – 180 days or until cleared by MRI of neck and right arm
Beneil Dariush – 30 days
Scott Holtzman – 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial surgeon
Tim Means – 21 days
Kevin Holland – 21 days
Joaquim Buckley – 45 days
Wellington Thurman – 60 days
Peter Barrett – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of left ribs
Irwin Rivera – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of right hand and wrist
Ali AlQaisi – 45 days

The UFC Vegas 6 suspensions were first reported by Kirik Jenness.

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