UFC 254 Medical Suspensions: Two Breaks and a Bad Cut

Liana Jojua and Miranda Maverick, UFC 254
Liana Jojua and Miranda Maverick, UFC 254 Face-off Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The medical suspensions for the last Fight Island card in the second run have been handed down by the UFC (without a commission on Fight Island, the UFC handles medical suspensions internally). When all was said and done, every fighter at UFC 254 faced some level of layoff, with the shortest being just seven days and the longest being six full months.

The first fighter to receive the top suspension was Liana Jojua, who suffered a nasty cut in the bridge of her nose courtesy of a standing elbow from Miranda Maverick. The elbow caused doctor’s to call a stop to the fight at the end of the very first round despite protests from Jojua herself. The medical suspension that followed seems to agree with the cage-side doctor as she won’t be continuing for some time, that is of course unless she is cleared by the appropriate specialist ahead of schedule.

Two other fighters hitting that 180 day maximum are Jared Cannonier and Nathaniel Wood. Both men went the distance in their respective bouts in losing efforts. Over the course of those fights, both suffered fractures to their extremities and will need to be cleared by x-rays in order to return to action.

Complete list of medical suspensions:

Khabib Nurmagomedov – 7 Days
Justin Gaethje – 7 Days
Robert Whittaker – 7 Days
Jared Cannonier – 180 Days or until cleared by left wrist x-ray
Alexander Volkov – 7 Days
Walt Harris – 30 Days
Phil Hawes – 7 Days
Jacob Malkoun – 60 Days
Lauren Murphy – 7 Days
Liliya Shakirova – 7 Days
Magomed Ankalaev – 7 Days
Ion Cutelaba – 45 Days
Tai Tuivasa – 7 Days
Stefan Struve – 45 Days
Casey Kenney – 30 Days
Nathaniel Wood – 180 Days or until cleared by left hand x-ray
Shavkat Rakhmonov – 7 Days
Alex Oliveira – 7 Days
Da Un Jung – 7 Days
Sam Alvey – 30 Days
Miranda Maverick – 7 Days
Liana Jojua – 180 Days to Jojua or or until cleared by ear, nose, and throat doctor
Joel Alvarez – 7 Days
Alexander Yakovlev – 7 Days

All suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.