UFC Fight Island 5 Medical Suspensions: Three Big Surprises

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 09: Cory Sandhagen poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in on October 09, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

After UFC Fight Island 5, the promotion’s latest offering in Abu Dhabi, the UFC has announced the medical suspensions (these are handed down internally due to a lack of a commission). All said and done, every fighter faced some level of a layoff, with some being far longer than others.

Somewhat surprising was the number of winning fighters facing huge layoffs. In total, three will be on the shelf for 180 days after picking up victories. Among them in main event winner Cory Sandhagen. After his spinning heel kick KO of Marlon Moraes, he’ll be facing 6 months on the shelf due to an apparent eye injury, although he can be cleared early by an ophthalmologist. Also facing big layoffs were winning fighters Tom Breese and Tony Kelley, who faced knee and elbow injuries respectively. They’ll need a clean MRI to return to action.

Less surprising is the layoffs for some of the losing fighters, including Impa Kasanganay. He’ll face the same 180 days and need to see an ophthalmologist as well. Omar Morales and Rodrigo Nascimento also are on the shelf for six months after dropping their respective fights to Giga Chikadze and Chris Daukaus.

The full list of medical suspensions from UFC Fight Island 5 is as follows:

Cory Sandhagen – 180 days or until cleared by an ophthalmologist
Marlon Moraes – 45 days
Makwan Amirkhani – 30 days
Edson Barboza – 7 days
Marcin Tybura – 30 days
Ben Rothwell – 45 days
Dricus Du Plessis – 7 days
Markus Perez – 60 days
Tom Aspinall – 7 days
Alan Baudot – 30 days
Ilia Topuria – 30 days
Youssef Zalal – 7 days
Tom Breese – 180 days or until cleared by right knee MRI
KB Bhullar – 45 days
Chris Daukaus – 7 days
Rodrigo Nascimento – 180 days
Joaquin Buckley – 7 days
Impa Kasanganay – 180 days or until cleared by an ophthalmologist
Tony Kelley – 180 days or until cleared by a right elbow MRI
Ali Alqaisi – 7 days
Giga Chikadze – 7 days
Omar Morales – 180 days or until cleared by a right elbow MRI
Tracy Cortez – 7 days
Stephanie Egger – 7 days
Tagir Ulanbekov – 7 days
Bruno Silva – 30 days

Suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.