UFC 252 Medical Suspensions: Miocic, Cormier Both Require Clearance from Eye Doctor

By: Tristen Critchfield
Aug 18, 2020


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Eye pokes were once again a story in the third meeting between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, so it’s no surprise that both will need medical clearance from eye specialists.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released a full list of medical suspensions from UFC 252 on Monday. Miocic retained his heavyweight crown with a unanimous decision victory over Cormier in Saturday’s main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Miocic, who underwent surgery after being poked in the eye in his second bout with Cormier, was on the receiving end of another foul in the opening stanza at UFC 252. The Strong Style Fight Team member must have retinal specialist clearance on his left eye before he can compete at again. At a minimum he is suspended until Sept. 30 with no contact until Sept. 15.

Cormier, meanwhile, endured an eye poke in the third round that impaired his vision for the rest of the bout. “DC” must have his left eye cleard by an ophthalmologist or he will be sidelined until Feb. 12. At a minimum, Cormier is suspended until Sept. 30 with no contact until Sept. 15. That term could be inconsequential, however, as the American Kickboxing Academy representative has said that UFC 252 was his final MMA fight.

Two other competitors from UFC 252 are facing potential six-month terms: Sean O'Malley (right ankle) and T.J. Brown (left orbital fracture).

UFC 252 Medical Suspensions:

Stipe Miocic: Must have retinal specialist clearance on left eye; minimum suspension until 9/30/20, no contact until 9/15/20

Daniel Cormier: Must have left eye cleared by an ophthalmologist or no contest until 2/12/21. Minimum suspension until 9/30/20, no contact until 9/15/20

Sean O'Malley: Must have orthopedic doctor clearance on right ankle or no contest until 2/12/21. Minimum suspension until 9/30/20, no contact until 9/15/20

Junior dos Santos: Must have laceration under left eye cleared by a doctor or no contest until 10/15/20, no contact until 9/30/20

Daniel Pineda: Suspended until 9/30/20, no contact until 9/15/20 due to left eyebrow laceration

Herbert Burns: Suspended until 9/30/20, no contact until 9/15/20 due to right eyebrow laceration

Jim Miller: Must have cut on bridge of nose cleared by doctor or no contest until 9/30/20, no contact until 9/15/20

T.J. Brown: Must have left orbital fracture cleared by an ophthalmologist or no contest until 2/12/21. Minimum suspension until 9/15/20 with no contact until 9/6/20

Parker Porter: Suspended until 9/15/20, no contact until 9/6/20

Kai Kamaka III: Must have facial lacerations cleared by doctor or no contest until 9/30/20, no contact until 9/15/20

Tony Kelley: Suspended until 9/15/20, no contact until 9/6/20 due to forehead laceration

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