UFC Vegas 17 Medical Suspensions: Six Winners Get Biggest Layoffs

Geoff Neal and Stephen Thompson, UFC Vegas 17
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 19: (R-L) Stephen Thompson punches Geoff Neal in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

It’s not often that the longest of the medical suspensions wind up in the hands of the winners. In the hurt business, it’s usually those who fall that take the brunt of the damage. However, that wasn’t true of the final offering from the UFC in 2020. Six winners (joined by two of the losing fighters) at UFC Vegas 17 were issued 180 day medical suspensions. This number is typically the maximum that is seen and can almost always be shortened by clearance from the appropriate medical professional.

Most notable among the winners who will be taking a break is Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Despite winning a one-sided decision in the main event, he appeared to suffer damage to both his right knee and his right hand. Both will need to be looked at in order for the karate specialist to make it back to the Octagon. Other winners given layoffs were Anthony Pettis (nose), Deron Winn (knee), Tafon Nchukwi (knee/shoulder), Jimmy Flick (foot) and Christos Giagos (eye).

The complete list of UFC Vegas 17 medical suspensions is as follows:

Stephen Thompson – 180 days or until cleared by MRI of right knee and x-ray of right hand
Geoff Neal – 45 days
Jose Aldo – 21 days
Marlon Vera – 180 days or until cleared by MRI/x-ray of left hand
Michel Pereira – 15 days
Khaos Williams – 30 days
Rob Font – 21 days
Marlon Moraes – 45 days
Marcin Tybura – 30 days
Greg Hardy – 45 days
Anthony Pettis – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of nose
Alex Morono – 30 days
Deron Winn – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of left knee
Antonio Arroyo – 21 days
Tafon Nchukwi – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of right knee and left shoulder
Jamie Pickett – 45 days
Jimmy Flick – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of right foot.
Cody Durden – 180 days or until cleared by MRI of right knee.
Christos Giagos – 180 days or until cleared of Ophthalmologist

Suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.