UFC Vegas 27 medical suspensions: Several fighters facing long-term suspension

The medical suspensions from last weekend’s UFC Vegas 27 have arrived, with multiple fighters needing clearance or they will find themselves on the sidelines for possibly six months. The main event saw Rob Font defeat former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt by unanimous decision, while in the co-main event former champion Carla Esparza defeated Yan Xiaonan to hand her the first loss of her UFC tenure.

During the event, former UFC lightweight and welterweight competitor Paul Felder retired from active competition as he will shift his focus to his role as a fight night commentator with the promotion.

UFC Vegas 27 medical suspensions:

Rob Font defeated Cody Garbrandt by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)

  • Garbrandt suspended until 7/22/21, no contact until 7/7/21
  • Font must have right tibia/fibula, ankle and foot X-rays, if positive must have Orthopedic Dr. clearance or no contest until 11/19/21; minimum suspension no contest until 6/22/21. no contact until 6/13/21

Carla Esparza defeated Yan Xiaonan by TKO (Round 2, 2:58)

  • Yan suspended until 6/22/21, no contact until 6/13/21 – Forehead laceration
  • Esparaza not facing suspension

Jared Vanderaa defeated Justin Tafa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

  • Tafa must have left hand first metacarpal fracture cleared by Orthopedic Dr. or no contest until 11/19/21; minimum suspension until 6/22/21, no contact until 6/13/21
  • Vanderaa must have both facial lacerations on nose and above right eyebrow cleared by Dr. or no contest 7/7/21, no contact until 6/22/21

Norma Dumont defeated Felicia Spencer by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

  • Spencer must have right knee MRI, if positive must have Orthopedic Dr. clearance or no contest until 11/19/21; minimum suspension no contest until 6/13/21, no contact until 6/6/21
  • Dumont not facing suspension

Ricardo Ramos defeated Bill Algeo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

  • Ramos must have right wrist MRI and right ankle X-ray, if positive must have Orthopedic Dr. clearance or no contest until 11/19/21; minimum suspension no contest until 6/13/21, no contact until 6/6/21
  • Algeo not facing suspension

Jack Hermansson defeated Edmen Shahbazyan by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Hermansson beats Shahbazyan
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  • Shahbazyan suspended until 7/7/21, no contact until 6/22/21- Facial lacerations around both eyebrows
  • Hermansson suspended until 6/22/21, no contact until 6/13/21- Hard fight

Ben Rothwell defeated Chris Barnett by submission (guillotine choke, Round 2, 2:07)

  • Barnett must have right knee MRI, if positive must have Orthopedic Dr. clearance or no contest until 11/19/21; minimum suspension no contest until 6/22/21, no contact until 6/13/21
  • Rothwell suspended until 6/13/21, no contact until 6/6/21- Nasal laceration

Court McGee defeated Claudio Da Silva by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)

  • Da Silva suspended until 6/2/21, no contact until 6/13/21
  • McGee suspended until 6/13/21, no contact until 6/621

Bruno Silva defeated Victor Rodriguez by TKO (Round 1, 1:00)

  • Rodriguez suspended until 7/721, no contact until 6/22/21
  • Silva must have right hand X-ray if positive must have Orthopedic Dr. clearance or no contest until 11/19/21; minimum suspension no contest until 6/22/21, no contact until 6/13/21

Josh Culibao defeated Sha Yilan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Yilan must have bilateral lamina papyracea fractures cleared by OMF Dr. or no contest until 11/19/21; minimum suspension no contest until 6/22/21, no contact until 6/13/21
  • Culibao not facing suspension

David Dvorak defeated Juancamilo Ronderos by submission (rear-naked choke, Round 1, 2:18)

  • Dvorak not facing suspension
  • Ronderos not facing suspension

Damir Ismagulov defeated Rafael Alves by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Ismagulov not facing suspension
  • Alves not facing suspension

After their wins in their respective divisions both Rob Font and Carla Esparza have entrenched themselves into the title picture conversation. Font extended his winning streak to four in a row, and having been ranked third coming into the fight, Font could wait his turn while champion Aljamain Sterling and former champion Petr Yan have a rematch later this year, or he could choose to fight the winner of TJ Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen which takes place later this summer.

Meanwhile Esparza, the former strawweight champion extended her winning streak to five in the division, and has potentially lined herself up for a second shot at the title against champion Rose Namajunas, who she defeated to win the belt seven years ago.

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