UFC Vegas 18 Medical Suspensions: Seven Face Six Months Off

Alistair Overeem, UFC Vegas 9 weigh-in
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 04: Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

When the dust cleared at UFC Vegas 18, the carnage was real. In total, among other suspensions, seven different fighters faced the typical maximum of 180 day suspensions due to injuries sustained in the cage. The most notable of those names is Alistair Overeem, who lost a lopsided bout with Alexander Volkov by TKO. During the fight he appears to have suffered a fracture of his nasal bone and will need to have that cleared by a ear, nose, and throat doctor before returning. That suspension could also be lessened by early doctor clearance.

Also worthy of note, six fighters faced no medical suspension, which is a much higher number than typical. Unsurprising, both winners from the main and co-main event were among them. Alexander Volkov took little damage in his bout with Alistair Overeem, and Frankie Edgar hardly had a chance to land a strike on Cory Sandhagen. Others facing no suspension were Lara Procopio, Molly McCann, Martin Day, and Ode Osbourne.

Full list of medical suspensions:

Alistair Overeem – 180 days or until cleared for nasal bone fracture
Frankie Edgar – 60 days
Clay Guida – 30 days or until cleared for forehead laceration
Michael Johnson – 21 days
Alexandre Pantoja – 180 days or until cleared by x-rays of both hands
Manel Kape – 180 days or until clear by examination of right thumb
Beneil Dariush – 60 days
Carlos Diego Ferreira – 60 days
Mike Rodriguez – 180 days or until cleared by MRI of left shoulder
Devonte Smith – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of right hand and wrist
Justin Jaynes – 60 days
Karol Rosa – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray of left hand
Joselyne Edwards – 180 days or until cleared from left shoulder sprain
Seung Woo Choi – 21 days
Timur Valiev – 21 days
Jerome Rivera – 45 days

Full list of suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.