UFC Vegas 16 Medical Suspensions: Five Fighters Get Big Layoffs

Gian Villante and Jake Collier, UFC Vegas 16
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) Opponents Gian Villante and Jake Collier face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Following the UFC’s latest offering at The Apex in Vegas, NSAC handed down their medical suspensions. Thirteen of the sixteen fighters on the card faced some level of layoff, with only Jordan Leavitt, Roman Dolidze, and Ilia Topuria managing to avoid time off.

Among those suspensions were five different fighters who will see 180 days on the shelf – or at least until they are cleared by the appropriate medical professional. Two of those suspensions come from damage to the orbital bone. In the main event, Jack Hermansson fractured his left orbital floor, leaving him on the shelf for six months or until it is all healed up. While the results are not conclusive yet, it appears that winner Jake Collier also has some damage to his eye. He’ll need to get the orbital wall on the left side checked out and cleared to avoid the long layoff.

Others with extended time off include John Allan (who appeared to damage his right knee), Jamahal Hill (who may have broken his hand on Ovince St. Preux’s skull), and Damon Jackson (thanks to a nasal fracture). Of course, all of these fighters can also be cleared early should those injuries being less severe or being able to be cleared earlier thane expected.

Full list of medical suspensions:

Marvin Vettori – 30 days
Jack Hermansson – 180 days or until cleared by ophthalmologist
Jamahal Hill – 180 days or until cleared by left hand x-ray
Ovince St. Preux – 45 days
Gabriel Benitez – 15 days
Justin Jaynes – 30 days
John Allan – 180 days or until cleared by right knee MRI and x-ray
Matt Wiman – 45 days
Louis Smolka – 30 days
Jose Alberto Quinones – 30 days
Damon Jackson – 180 days or until cleared by doctor for nasal fracture
Jake Collier – 180 days or until cleared by opthalmologist
Gian Villante – 30 days

Suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.