UFC 258 Medical Suspensions: Kamaru Usman Facing Potential 6-Month Term

By: Tristen Critchfield
Feb 17, 2021

Kamaru Usman could be looking at six months on the sidelines following his latest title defense at UFC 258.

“The Nigerian Nightmare” must have his right foot X-rayed and cleared by a doctor or he will be suspended until Aug. 13. At a minimum, Usman is suspended until March 16 with no contact until March 7. A full list of medical suspensions from this past Saturday’s event were released to mixedmartialarts.com.

UFC 258 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and saw Usman retain his welterweight crown with a third-round technical knockout of Gilbert Burns in the evening’s headliner. Burns is suspended until March 31 due to lacerations on his right eyebrow and left orbital.

Seven other fighters from UFC 258 are facing possible six-month sits pending doctor clearance: Alexa Grasso (right knee), Maycee Barber (right shoulder), Anthony Hernandez (right hand), Dhiego Lima (nose), Mallory Martin (right elbow), Chris Gutierrez (nose) and Phil Rowe (left knee).

UFC 258 Medical Suspensions:

Kamaru Usman: must have right foot X-rayed; if positive then must be cleared by orthopedic or sports doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

Gilbert Burns: suspended until 03/31/21 No contest until 03/16/21 – right eyebrow and left orbital lacerations

Alexa Grasso: must have X-ray and MRI of right knee; if positive then must be cleared by orthopedic or sports doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

Maycee Barber: must have MRI of right shoulder; if positive then must be cleared by orthopedic or sports doctor and maxillofacial CT scan; if positive then must be cleared by oral, maxillofacial doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

Ian Heinisch: suspended until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

Brian Kelleher: suspended until 03/31/21, No contact until 03/16/21

Julian Marquez: suspended until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

Maki Pitolo: suspended until 03/31/21, no contact until 03/16/21

Anthony Hernandez: must have right hand X-rayed; if positive then must be cleared by orthopedic or sports doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/07/21, no contact until 02/28/21

Rodolfo Vieira: suspended until 04/15/21, no contact until 03/31/21

Dhiego Lima: Lima must have nose X-rayed; if positive then must be cleared by doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/31/21, no contact until 03/16/21

Mallory Martin: must have MRI of right elbow; if positive then must be cleared by orthopedic or sports doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

Chris Gutierrez: must have nose X-rayed; if positive then must be cleared by doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

Gabriel Green: suspended until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21 – laceration under left eye

Philip Rowe: must have left knee X-rayed; if positive then must be cleared by orthopedic or sports doctor or no contest until 08/13/21; minimum suspension no contest until 03/16/21, no contact until 03/07/21

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