UFC Fight Night 178 Medical Suspensions: Woodley, Three Others Face 180-Day Terms

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 22, 2020


Tyron Woodley is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension after suffering a rib injury in his loss to Colby Covington in the UFC Fight Night 178 headliner this past Saturday.

A full list of medical suspensions from the event were released to MixedMartialArts.com on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 178 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and saw Covington defeat Woodley via TKO at the 1:19 mark of Round 5 due to the aforementioned injury in their welterweight encounter.

While Covington emerged with a clean bill of health, Woodley is suspended for 180 days unless a left costochondral (joint between the ribs and the cartilage in front of the rib cage) tear is cleared by an orthopedic doctor. At a minimum, the former welterweight champion is suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

Three other athletes from UFC Fight Night 178 are facing 180-day sits pending medical clearance: Niko Price (right hand), Randa Markos (left elbow) and Sarah Alpar (nasal fracture).

UFC Fight Night 178 Medical Suspensions:

Tyron Woodley: Suspended 180 days or until left costochondral tear is cleared by an orthopedic doctor; also suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

Niko Price: Suspended 180 days or until right hand X-ray is cleared by an orthopedic doctor; also suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

Gerald Meerschaert: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

Ryan Spann: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

Randa Markos: Suspended 180 days or until left elbow is cleared by doctor; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.

Kevin Holland: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to left eyebrow laceration.

David Dvorak: Suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to right foot pain.

Jordan Espinosa: Suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to left tibia contusion.

Sarah Alpar: Suspended 180 days or until nasal fracture is cleared by ENT doctor; also suspended 60 days with no contact for 15 days.

Journey Newson: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days due to left eye laceration.

Andre Ewell: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to facial lacerations.

Irwin Rivera: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to facial abrasions.

Jerome Rivera: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

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