UFC 266 Medical Suspensions: Brian Ortega Faces 6 Months for Right Orbital Fracture

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 29, 2021


Brian Ortega displayed a massive amount of heart agains Alexander Volkanovski in the UFC 266 headliner. He also absorbed a great deal of punishment during their featherweight title bout.

“T-City” is now facing a potential six-month medical suspension following his unanimous decision loss to Volkanovski on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ortega must receive clearance from an ophthalmologist for a right orbital blowout fracture or he will be sidelined until March 25. At a minimum, he is out until Nov. 25 with no contact until Nov. 10.

Volkanovski, meanwhile, is suspended until Oct. 26 with no contact until Oct. 17 after making his second consecutive successful 145-pound belt defense. The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently released a full list of medical suspensions to mixedmartialarts.com.

Nine other athletes from UFC 266 are facing six-month terms pending medical clearance: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (needs dental clearance), Marlon Moraes (right hand, left thumb), Dan Hooker (right foot), Shamil Abdurakhimov (needs ENT doctor clearance), Taila Santos (right hand), Uros Medic (left thumb), Martin Sano (left thumb, nose), Jonathan Pearce (left hand) and Omar Morales (left ankle).

UFC 266 Medical Suspensions:

Alexander Volkanovski: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Brian Ortega: Must receive clearance from ophthalmologist for right orbital blowout fracture or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 25, no contact until Nov. 10

Lauren Murphy: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Robbie Lawler: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Nick Diaz: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Curtis Blaydes: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Jairzinho Rozenstruik: Must receive dental clearance on teeth 19-24 or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Cynthia Calvillo: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Merab Dvalishvili: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Marlon Moraes: Must have right hand and left thumb X-ray; if either is positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Dan Hooker: Must have right foot X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 25, no contact until Oct. 17

Nasrat Haqparast: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26 — right ribs

Chris Daukaus: Suspended until Oct. 10, no contact until Oct. 3

Shamil Abdurakhimov: Must receive clearance from ENT (ear nose, and throat) doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 25, no contact until Nov. 10

Taila Santos: Must have right hand X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 10, no contact until Oct. 3

Roxanne Modafferi: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17 — scalp laceration

Uros Medic: Requires left thumb MRI and X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Nick Maximov: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17 — scalp laceration

Martin Sano: Must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor for broken left thumb and ENT doctor for broken nose or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 25, no contact until Nov. 10

Jonathan Pearce: Requires left hand MRI; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Omar Morales: Requires left ankle X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

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