UFC 261 Medical Suspensions: Chris Weidman Gets 6 Months for Broken Leg

By: Tristen Critchfield
May 3, 2021

As expected, Chris Weidman is facing a lengthy time on the shelf after the unfortunate events that transpired at UFC 261.

Weidman has been suspended six months and requires clearance from an orthodpedic doctor after breaking his leg on a low kick checked by Uriah Hall in their bout on April 24 at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The Florida State Boxing Commission released medical suspensions from the event to mixedmartialarts.com.

Weidman’s recovery likely will be longer than that, as the fighter revealed that it could be up to a year before he resumes training after having a rod inserted into his leg during post-fight surgery.

Five other fighters from UFC 261 are facing potential six-month terms (The Florida Commission did not release specific injuries for the majority of the card’s participants): Dwight Grant, Pat Sabatini, Rodrigo Vargas, Zhu Rong and Na Liang. Additionally, Karl Roberson is suspended indefinitely and must provide a negative MRI or he will be sidelined six months.

UFC 261 Medical Suspensions: Jorge Masvidal: suspended 60 days

Weili Zhang: suspended 60 days

Jessica Andrade: suspended 30 days

Chris Weidman: suspended 180 days and requires clearance from orthopedic doctor

Jimmy Crute: suspended 60 days and requires clearance by orthopedic doctor Alex Oliveira: suspended 30 days

Dwight Grant: suspended 180 days

Brendan Allen: suspended 30 days

Karl Roberson: suspended indefinitely, negative MRI required or 180 day suspension

Pat Sabatini: suspended 180 days, X-ray/MRI clearance required for right thumb/hand

Kevin Natividad: suspended 45 days

Rodrigo Vargas: suspended 180 days

Zhu Rong: suspended 180 days

Jeff Molina: suspended 15 days

Qileng Aori: suspended 60 days, CT scan clearance required for head and face

Na Liang: suspended 180 days

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