UFC Vegas 33 Medical Suspensions: Heavy Hitters Pay the Price

Sean Strickland and Uriah Hall, UFC Vegas 33
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 31: (L-R) Sean Strickland punches Uriah Hall of Jamaica in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 31, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

UFC Vegas 33 is in the books and it was an exciting one. While not mind blowing on paper, the finishes and exciting bouts flooded the card. Head kick KOs, 3 round wars and more – the Apex had it all this past weekend. Following the event, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down their usual suspensions. This particular batch saw many of the fighters who were on the giving end of the big blows of the night, see larger suspensions than those that were on the receiving end. Although there were plenty to go around to both groups following the night of violence.

Two of the fighters who now face 180-day suspensions were Melsik Baghdasaryan and Jared Gooden, who both won with devestating KOs. Following his head kick of Collin Anglin, Baghdasaryan appears to have sustained damage to his foot and will need an x-ray on it. Gooden, who KOed Niklas Stolze in about a minutes’ time, will need to get each of his hands x-rayed. Both of these men can be cleared early from the appropriate doctors.

Also worth noting, each of the UFC Vegas 33 main event’s combatants also suffered injuries that could keep them on the shelf for 6 months.

Full list of medical suspensions:

Sean Strickland – 180 days or until cleared by left thigh, knee x-ray and dental evaluation
Uriah Hall – 180 days or until cleared by ENT of orbital floor fracture
Gloria De Paula – 45 days
Jared Gooden – 180 days or until cleared by x-rays of both hands
Niklas Stolze – 45 days
Colin Anglin – 45 days
Melsik Baghdasaryan – 180 days or until cleared by left foot x-ray
Jason Witt – 45 days
Bryan Barberena – 30 days
Chris Gruetzemacher – 30 days
Rafa Garcia – 180 days or until cleared of nasal fracture
Kai Kamaka – 180 days or until cleared by right shoulder x-ray
Danny Chavez – 180 days or until cleared by right foot x-ray
Jinh Yu Frey – 30 days
Ashley Yoder – 180 days or until cleared by right tibia/fibula x-ray
Zarrukh Adashev – 60 days
Ryan Benoit – 180 days or until cleared of left fibular fracture
Philip Rowe – 30 days
Orion Cosce – 180 days or until cleared by ENT for facial CT findings and by doctor for possible bicep injury

All suspensions originally reported by Kirik Jenness.