UFC 256 Medical Suspensions: Seven Fighters Face Possible 180-Day Suspensions

By: Jay Pettry
Dec 18, 2020

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UFC 256 took its toll on its competitors.

According to promotional paperwork provided to mixedmartialarts.com on Friday, seven different Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters from the recent pay-per-view card face lengthy suspensions. Headlining the event was a flyweight championship affair, where Deiveson Figueiredo fought to a thrilling draw to retain his belt against Brandon Moreno. For their hard-fought battle that raged on for 25 minutes, both men are facing potential 180-day suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Figueiredo needs to get his broken toe and right bicep cleared, while Moreno sustained damage to his left shoulder and left forearm that also requires clearance.

Figueiredo and Moreno were not the only two fighters on the main card staring down the barrel of lengthy suspensions, as Tony Ferguson and Mackenzie Dern both require scans to be allowed to compete soon. Ferguson requires an MRI on his left elbow, which was torqued badly from an armbar by the victorious Charles Oliveira. Dern suffered damage to her nose from strikes from Virna Jandiroba, and she needs a facial CT scan to determine if her nose was indeed broken. Due to the nature of the bouts, both of their opponents Oliveira and Jandiroba were handed mandatory 30-day suspensions as well.

Earlier on the card, Cub Swanson knocked out Daniel Pineda with a few devastating right hands, and as a result, that hand may have taken some damage. Swanson will need to get his right hand cleared with an x-ray and consult with an orthopedic doctor or he will be on the shelf for six months. Sam Hughes had her eye busted up by Tecia Torres, forcing her corner to stop the contest at the end of the first round – Hughes will need to get her eye checked out by an ophthalmologist or she will be out of action for six months as well. Finally, Peter Barrett succumbed to a Hail Mary heel hook from Chase Hooper to lose a bout he was likely winning until he was submitted. As a result of the submission, Barrett needs an MRI to have his knee cleared, or he will be facing a 180-day suspension.

Each of the seven fighters can be allowed to compete sooner than June 2021 as long as they are cleared by doctors, and they have all been issued mandatory suspensions of up to two months with no contact for a majority of that time.

UFC 256 Medical Suspensions:

Deiveson Figueiredo: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of broken right toe and right bicep; also suspended 60 days minimum with no contact for 45 days.
Brandon Moreno: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of left shoulder and left forearm; also suspended 45 days minimum with no contact for 30 days.

Tony Ferguson: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of left elbow; also suspended 45 days minimum with no contact for 30 days.
Charles Oliveira: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to cut over left eyebrow.

Mackenzie Dern: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of nasal fracture; also suspended 45 days minimum with no contact for 30 days.
Virna Jandiroba: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.

Kevin Holland: No suspension.
Ronaldo Souza: Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 45 days.

Junior dos Santos: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days.
Ciryl Gane: No suspension.

Cub Swanson: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of right hand; also suspended 30 days minimum with no contact for 21 days.
Daniel Pineda: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days.

Renato Carneiro: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days.
Rafael Fiziev: No suspension.

Gavin Tucker: No suspension.
Billy Quarantillo: Suspended 39 days with no contact for 21 days due to left eye laceration.

Tecia Torres: No suspension.
Sam Hughes: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of her left eye; also suspended 45 days minimum with no contact for 30 days.

Chase Hooper: No suspension.
Peter Barrett: Suspended 180 days pending clearance of right knee; also suspended minimum 30 days with no contact.

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