MMA News: UFC Vegas 35 medical suspensions: Rodriguez and 5 others facing possible six-month suspensions

ufc vegas 35 medical suspensions
April 10, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Daniel Rodriguez punches Mike Perry in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Only one thing can put an official stamp of finality on a fighter’s fight week activities, and that’s the state athletic commission’s post-event medical evaluations. Following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 35 card, the Nevada State Athletic Commission took one last look at the 24 participants to see when they can next return to training and the Octagon.

Six fighters on the card could be forced to sit out for the next six months with injuries like damaged knees, wrists, hands, and even chipped teeth suffered in their bouts at the event. However, those long-term suspensions can be avoided with orthopedic doctor clearances in the next few weeks.

UFC Vegas 35 was headlined by a coming-out part for surging featherweight talent Giga Chikadze, as he stopped fellow top-10 ranked talent Edson Barboza by technical knockout in the third round of their bout. The event also saw the crowning of two new The Ultimate Fighter winners in Bryan Battle at middleweight and Ricky Turcios at bantamweight.

You can find the full rundown of the UFC Vegas 35 medical suspensions below.

UFC Vegas 35 medical suspensions round-up

Giga Chikadze def. Edson Barboza by technical knockout in round 3 (1:44)

  • Chikadze suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21
  • Barboza suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21

Bryan Battle def. Gilbert Urbina by submission in round 2 (2:15)

  • Battle suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – Cut near right eye
  • Urbina must have left knee MRI and left wrist X-ray. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21

Ricky Turcios def. Brady Hiestand by split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

  • Turcios suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – Cut under right toe
  • Hiestand must have right knee MRI. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance and chipped tooth cleared by dentist or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 10/13/21, no contact until 09/28/21

Daniel Rodriguez def. Kevin Lee by unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29)

  • Rodriguez must have left-hand X-ray. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21
  • Lee suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – Cut above right eye

Andre Petroski def. Michael Gilmore by technical knockout in round 3 (3:12)

  • Petroski suspended until 09/19/21. No contact until 09/12/21
  • Gilmore suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21

Gerald Meerschaert def. Makhmud Muradov by submission in round 2 (1:49)

  • Meerschaert suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21
  • Muradov suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21

Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Alessio Di Chirico by knockout in round 1 (0:17)

  • Alhassan facing no suspension
  • Di Chirico suspended until 10/28/21. No contact until 10/13/21

Wellington Turman def. Sam Alvey by split-decision (27-28, 27-28, 28-27)

  • Alvey suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – Cut under left eye
  • Turman must have right great toe fracture cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 02/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21

Dustin Jacoby def. Darren Stewart by technical knockout in round 1 (3:04)

  • Jacoby facing no suspension
  • Stewart suspended until 10/31/21. No contact until 09/28/21

JJ Aldrich def. Vanessa Demopoulos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Aldrich suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21
  • Demopoulos suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21 – Facial abrasions

Patrick Sabatini def. Jamall Emmers by submission in round 1 (1:53)

  • Sabatini facing no suspension
  • Emmers must have left knee MRI. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 10/13/21, no contact until 09/28/21

Mana Martinez def. Guido Cannetti by split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

  • Martinez suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21
  • Cannetti must have right shoulder and left knee MRIs. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21
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