UFC 248 Medicals: Zhang, Jedrzejczyk Get Two Months; Seven Fighters Facing Six-Month Terms

By: Tristen Critchfield
Mar 9, 2020


The combatants in the leading candidate for 2020 “Fight of the Year” emerged from UFC 248 relatively unscathed.

Both Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk received two-month medical suspensions following their five-round battle in Saturday’s co-main event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Zhang retained her strawweight crown with a grueling split-decision triumph over the Polish challenger, who developed a freakish hematoma on her head over the course of the 25-minute affair.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released a full list of medical suspensions from the event on Monday.

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was not as fortunate. The Nigerian-born Kiwi must receive doctor clearance on both feet or he will potentially be sidelined until Sept. 4. Adesanya rode a leg-kick heavy attack to a unanimous verdict over Yoel Romero in the evening’s headliner. Romero did not receive a medical suspension of any kind.

Six other fighters from UFC 248 are also facing potential six-month terms pending doctor clearance: Beneil Dariush (right knee), Max Griffin (left shoulder), Sean O’Malley (left foot), Mark O. Madsen (jaw), Gerald Meerschaert (left ankle and Danaa Batgerel (right foot).

UFC 248 Medical Suspensions:

Israel Adesanya: Must have x-ray of both feet. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 9/4/20. Minimum suspension until 3/29/20 with no contact until 3/29/20.

Weili Zhang: Suspended until 5/7/20, no contact until 4/22/20

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Suspended until 5/7/20, no contact until 4/22/20

Beneil Dariush: Must have MRI on right knee. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 9/4/20.

Drakkar Klose: Suspended until 4/22/20, no contact until 4/7/20

Jingliang Li: Suspended until 4/22/20, no contact until 4/7/20

Alex Oliveira: Suspended until 4/22/20, no contact until 4/7/20

Max Griffin: Must have x-ray or MRI of left shoulder. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 9/4/20. Minimum suspension until 4/22/20, also due to facial lacerations.

Sean O'Malley: Must have x-ray of left foot. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 9/4/20. Minimum suspension until 4/7/20 with no contact until 3/29/20.

Jose Alberto Quinonez: Suspended until 4/22/20, no contact until 4/7/20

Mark O. Madsen: Must have jaw fracture cleared by maxillofacial surgeon or no contest until 9/4/20. Minimum suspension until 4/22/20 with no contact until 4/7/20

Rodolfo Vieira: Suspended until 4/7/20, no contact until 3/29/20 due to laceration over his eye.

Gerald Meerschaert: Must have x-ray of left ankle. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 9/4/20. Minimum suspension until 4/7/20 with no contact until 3/29/20.

Deron Winn: Suspended until 4/7/20, no contact until 3/29/20

Giga Chikadze: Suspended until 4/22/20, no contact until 4/7/20 due to facial laceration.

Danaa Batgerel: Must have x-ray of right foot. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 9/4/20. Minimum suspension until 4/7/20 with no contact until 3/29/20

Guido Cannetti: Suspended until 4/22/20, no contact until 4/7/20 due to left leg pain.

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