UFC Vegas 31 was not short on stoppages. 8 of the 10 bouts that appeared on the card ended before the final bell and with plenty of violence involved. Still, when the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down their medical suspensions, they were surprisingly light. Just 13 of the 20 fighters involved in this weekend’s card saw any amount of mandatory medical rest, with just three seeing the maximum.
Among those getting the maximum amount of rest was Marion Reneau. In her 3-round fight with Miesha Tate, she was stopped by strikes late – a first for her career. In the process, she appeared to break her nose and will need x-rays to be cleared again. With her decision to walk away from the sport as the UFC’s elder stateswoman, she likely doesn’t have to worry about the 180 day layoff.
The other two facing the potential six months on the shelf were Malcolm Gordon and Alan Baudot. Gordon won one of the only two decisions of the night, taking a unanimous decision over Francisco Figueiredo. During the fight Gordon sustained damage to his right hand and will need x-rays in order to get clearance to step back in there. Baudot fought in the night’s opening contest against Rodrigo Nascimento. After a good first round by Baudot, he was stopped in the second with a number of strikes – one of which appeared to have broken his nose. He, too, will need x-rays.
Each of these extended layoffs can be shortened with clearance from the appropriate tests and medical professionals.
Complete list of medical suspensions:
Thaigo Moises – 45 days
Miesha Tate – 21 days
Marion Reneau – 180 days or until cleared by nose x-ray
Rodolfo Vieira – 21 days
Dustin Stoltzfus – 30 days
Billy Quarantillo – 45 days
Gabriel Benitez – 60 days
Preston Parsons – 45 days
Montserrat Ruiz – 45 days
Khalid Taha – 21 days
Malcolm Gordon – 180 days or until cleared by right hand x-ray
Rodrigo Nascimento – 30 days
Alan Baudot – 180 days or until cleared by nose x-ray