UFC 266 medical suspensions: Brian Ortega has orbital fracture and eight others facing 6-month suspensions

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Sep 25, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Brian Ortega sits on the mat after being hit by Alexander Volkanovski during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s latest pay-per-view event is in the books, but the UFC 266 medical suspensions reveal long recoveries ahead for nine fighters, including headliner Brian Ortega.

Saturday night’s event inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. was headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Alexander Volkanovski and top contender Brian Ortega. The New Zealander won by unanimous decision and left a lasting memory on his opponent beyond just the victory. Because the post-event medical report from the Nevada State Athletic Commission shows “T-City” has a “right orbital blowout fracture” and could be out of action until March.

Eight other athletes on the card could also be out until next year, including top-10 heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik and one-time bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes. Get the full UFC 266 medical suspensions run down below.

UFC 266 medical suspensions rundown

Alexander Volkanovski def. Brian Ortega by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-44, 50-45 – Featherweight title bout)

  • Volkanovki suspended until 10/26/21. No contact until 10/17/21
  • Ortega must have right orbital blowout fracture cleared by an ophthalmologist or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 11/25/21, no contact until 11/10/21

Valentina Shevchenko def. Lauen Murphy by TKO, round 4 (4:00 – Women’s flyweight title bout)

  • Shevchenko facing no suspension
  • Murphy suspended until 11/10/21. No contact until 10/26/21

Robbie Lawler def. Nick Diaz by TKO, round 3 (0:44)

  • Lawler suspended until 10/26/21. No contact until 10/17/21
  • Diaz suspended until 11/10/21. No contact until 10/26/21

Curtis Blaydes def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Blaydes suspended until 10/26/21. No contact until 10/17/21
  • Rozenstruik must have dental clearance on teeth 19-24, or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 10/26/21, no contact until 10/17/21

Jessica Andrade def. Cynthia Calvillo by TKO, round 1 (4:54)

  • Andrade facing no suspension
  • Calvillo suspended until 11/10/21. No contact until 10/26/21

Merab Dvalishvili def. Marlon Moraes by TKO, round 2 (4:25)

  • Dvalishvili suspebded until 11/10/21. No contact until 10/26/21
  • Moraes must have MRI of right hand and x-ray of left thumb. If positive, then needs orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 11/10/21, no contact until 10/26/21

Dan Hooker def. Nasrat Haqparast by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

  • Hooker must have right foot x-rayed. If positive, then orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 10/25/21, no contact until 10/17/21
  • Haqparast suspended until 11/10/21. No contact until 10/26/21 – right ribs

Chris Daukaus def. Shamil Abdurakhimov by TKO, round 2 (1:23)

  • Daukaus suspended until 10/10/21. No contact until 10/03/21
  • Abdurakhimov must have nasal fractures cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 11/25/21, no contact until 11/10/21

Taila Santos def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Santos must have right hand x-rayed. If positive, needs orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 10/10/21, no contact until 10/03/21
  • Modafferi suspended until 10/26/21. No contact until 10/17/21 scalp laceration

Jalin Turner def. Uros Medic by submission, round 1 (4:01)

  • Turner facing no suspension
  • Medic must have MRI and x-ray of left thumb. If positive, then needs orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 10/26/21, no contact until 10/17/21

Nick Maximov def. Cody Brundage by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Maximov suspended until 10/26/21. No contact until 10/17/21 scalp laceration
  • Brundage facing no suspension

Matthew Semelsberger def. Martin Sano by KO, round 1 (0:15)

  • Semelsberger facing no suspension
  • Sano must have broken left thumb cleared by orthopedic doctor and broken nose cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 11/25/21, no contact until 11/10/21
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Sep 25, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Uros Medic is looked at by the fight doctor following his loss against Jalin Turner during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Pearce def. Omar Morales by submission, round 2 (3:31)

  • Pearce must have MRI of left hand. If positive, then needs orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 10/26/21, no contact until 10/17/21
  • Morales must have x-ray of left ankle. If positive then needs orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 03/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 10/26/21, no contact until 10/17/21
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