Rumors ran rampant after UFC 258 about Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal possibly coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. That came partially due to Usman’s callout and partially due to some speculation by managers on social media. While it seemed like at first that Usman was relatively unscathed in his bout with Gilbert Burns and that coaching TUF would cause too much of a wait for his next fight, the NSAC may have just opened the door for that scenario.
Per the recently released UFC 258 medical suspensions, Usman appears to have not made it out as scot-free as previously thought. A possible break in his foot led him to a 120 day suspension and seemingly time on his hands to tape a reality TV show. So perhaps the TUF gig could happen after all. This suspension of course can be shortened should the x-ray on that foot come back negative.
While a much shorter list of medical suspensions than usual, the magnitude of those suspensions was much higher than we normally see. After Usman, the most notable of the long layoffs were both members of the co-main event. Alexa Grasso and Maycee Barber were issued 180 day suspensions for a right knee and right shoulder injury respectively. Like Usman, those suspensions can be shortened if examinations come back clear.
Full list of UFC 258 medical suspensions:
Kamaru Usman – 120 days or until cleared by right foot x-ray
Gilbert Burns – 45 days
Alexa Grasso – 180 days or until cleared by x-ray and MRI of right knee
Maycee Barber – 180 days or until cleared by MRI of right shoulder
Ian Heinisch – 30 days
Brian Kelleher – 45 days
Julian Marquez – 30 days
Maki Pitolo – 45 days
Anthony Hernandez – 180 days or until cleared by right hand x-ray
Rodolfo Vieira – 60 days
Dhiego Lima – 120 days or until cleared by nose x-ray
Mallory Martin – 120 days or until cleared by MRI of right elbow
Chris Gutierrez – 180 days or until cleared by nose x-ray
Gabriel Green – 30 days
Phil Rowe – 180 days or until cleared by left knee x-ray