UFC 252 Medical Suspensions: Eye Doctors Busy

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, UFC 252
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 15: (R-L) Stipe Miocic punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The bulk of the discussion surrounding UFC 252 was the main event and the eye poke heard ’round the world. Exactly how much effect it had on the result of the fight is a discussion for another article. The medical effect however is indisputable, and Daniel Cormier isn’t the only one headed to the eye doctor. In fact, when all was said and done, three fighters would need to be cleared by vision specialists including the champ.

Suspensions for both main event fighters came down after the headliner. Cormier, although retiring, was given 180 days or until cleared by an ophthalmologist. Stipe Miocic meanwhile was given 45 days and the instruction to get cleared by a retinal specialist. It was not reported if this was due to the eye poke earlier in the fight or due to the injury Miocic had suffered in their previous bout.

Also heading to the eye doctor is TJ Brown, who suffered an orbital fracture in his UFC 252 bout with Daniel Chavez. Like Cormier, he’ll face 6 months off or will need to be cleared by an ophthalmologist.

One other injury of note was Sean O’Malley, who also faces an 180 day medical suspension due to his right ankle injury. He, of course, can be cleared earlier by an orthopedic doctor.

The full list of suspensions from the event per the NSAC is below.

Stipe Miocic – 45 days and must be cleared by retinal specialist
Daniel Cormier – 180 days or must be cleared by ophthalmologist
Sean O’Malley – 180 days or must have right ankle cleared by orthopedic doctor
Junior dos Santos – 60 days
Daniel Pineda – 45 days
Herbert Burns – 45 days
Jim Miller – 45 days
TJ Brown – 180 days or must be cleared by ophthalmologist
Parker Porter – 30 days
Kai Kamaka III – 45 days
Tony Kelley – 30 days

Suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.