UFC Vegas 29 may not have been the most blockbuster card, nor the one with the most big finishes, but it did run way up the list of the worst in terms of medical suspensions. When all was said and done, seven different fighters faced the maximum 180 day layoff due to injuries sustained in the cage.
Most notable of the long layoffs was headliner Korean Zombie. After going the full 25 minutes with Dan Ige, Chan Sung Jung faces a possible 180 day layoff due to an apparent left shoulder injury. Zombie wasn’t the only winner who is looking at an extended layoff. Prelim winners Josh Parisian and Casey O’Neill also are looking at six months on the shelf. Parisian, in his decision victory over Roque Martinez, took damage to his nose that may have resulted in a nasal fracture. O’Neill, during her submission win over Laura Procopio, appears to have injured her left hand.
Other fighters facing the same layoff are Davey Grant, Dhiego Lima, Kanako Murata, and Matthew Semelsberger. All seven of the fighters can have their layoffs shortened with clearance from the appropriate doctors or medical professionals.
Full list of medical suspensions:
Chan Sung Jung – 180 days or until cleared by left shoulder MRI
Dan Ige – 30 days
Aleksei Oleinik – 45 days
Marlon Vera – 30 days
Davey Grant – 180 days or until cleared by ENT for nasal bone fracture
Julian Erosa – 45 days
Wellington Turman – 60 days
Dhiego Lima – 180 days or until cleared by right knee MRI
Nicolae Negumereanu – 21 days
Kanako Murata – 180 days or until cleared by orthopedic doctor for left elbow dislocation
Khaos Williams – 45 days
Matthew Semelsberger – 180 days or until cleared by nose x-ray
Josh Parisian – 180 days or until cleared by ENT for nasal bone fracture
Roque Martinez – 30 days
Joaquim Silva – 45 days
Casey O’Neill – 180 days or until cleared by left hand x-ray
Laura Procopio – 30 days
Suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.