UFC 255 Medical Suspensions: Royval Not the Only One Heading for an MRI

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Brandon moreno and Brandon Royval UFC 255
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Brandon Royval kicks Brandon Moreno of Mexico in their flyweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Brandon Royval certainly had the most visible injury on the UFC 255 card. After going to the ground in a scramble with Brandon Moreno, Royval appeared to stop defending himself. Upon closer inspection, his right shoulder was no longer in its socket. Royval held his arm in pain until Factory X Muay Thai head coach Marc Montoya stepped up to the plate and popped it right back in. Understandably, Royval will face a six month medical suspension, but could be cleared early by a MRI on that shoulder.

Although that may have been the most apparent injury on the card, there were droves more who wound up with the same length suspension. In total, eight more fighters would join Royval with the 180-day layoff.

Both Jennifer Maia and Alan Jouban will be facing that layoff due to some damage to their nose. Each appeared to have suffered a fracture of the nasal bone and will have to be cleared by an ear, nose, and throat doctor to get back in the cage.

There were also a trio of suspected broken hands on the card. Title challenger Alex Perez appeared to break his right hand during one of the early punches that he landed on the champ. Meanwhile, Daniel Rodriguez, who lost a controversial split decision to Nicolas Dalby saw his right hand take a hit while giving one out as well. To round out the batch, Joaquin Buckley who delivered plenty of punishment to the face of Jordan Wright, may have delivered a bit too much. He also has to have an x-ray of his right hand.

And that’s just the start of the list. You can see a full list of medical suspensions below:

Alex Perez – 180 days or until cleared by right hand x-ray
Jennifer Maia – 180 days or until cleared by ear, nose, and throat doctor
Tim Means – 30 days
Mike Perry – 45 days
Cynthia Calvillo – 180 days or until cleared by right shoulder MRI
Mauricio Rua – 45 days
Brandon Royval – 180 days or until cleared by right shoulder MRI
Joaquin Buckley – 180 days or until cleared by right hand x-ray
Ariane Lipski – 180 days or until cleared by ophthalmologist
Nicolas Dalby – 180 days or until cleared by right foot and right elbow x-rays
Daniel Rodriguez – 180 days or until cleared by right hand x-ray
Alan Jouban – 180 days or until cleared by ear, nose, and throat doctor
Jared Gooden – 45 days
Dustin Stoltzfus – 45 days
Sasha Palatnikov – 45 days
Louis Cosce – 60 days

Suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.

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