UFC on ESPN 30 Medical Suspensions: Daniel Rodriguez, Five Others Facing 6 Months

By: Tristen Critchfield
Aug 31, 2021


Daniel Rodriguez spoiled Kevin Lee’s welterweight debut at UFC on ESPN 30, but it was a potentially costly victory.

Rodriguez must have an X-ray on his left hand and if positive, will need doctor clearance to avoid being sidelined until Feb. 25. At a miniumum, “D-Rod” is suspended until Sept. 28 with no contact until Sept. 19. Lee, meanwhile, is suspended until Oct. 13 with no contact until Sept. 28 due to a cut above his right eye. Rodriguez defeated Lee via unanimous decision in a featured 170-pound matchup.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released a full list of medical suspensions from the event to mixedmartialarts.com. UFC on ESPN 30 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night and saw Giga Chikadze defeat Edson Barboza via third-round TKO in the evening’s headliner. Chikadze is suspended until Sept. 28 with no contact until Sept. 19, while Barboza is out until Oct. 13 with no contact until Sept. 28.

Five other fighters from UFC on ESPN 30 are facing potential six-month sits pending medical clearance: Gilbert Urbina (left knee, left wrist), Brady Hiestand (right knee), Wellington Turman (right toe), Jamall Emmers (left knee) and Guido Cannetti (right shoulder, left knee).

UFC on ESPN 30 Medical Suspensions:

Giga Chikadze: suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21

Edson Barboza: suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21

Bryan Battle: suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – cut near right eye

Gilbert Urbina: must have left knee MRI and left wrist X-ray. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21

Ricky Turcios: suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – cut under right toe

Brady Hiestand: must have right knee MRI. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance and chipped tooth cleared by dentist or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 10/13/21, no contact until 09/28/21

Daniel Rodriguez: must have left-hand X-ray. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21

Kevin Lee: suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – cut above right eye

Andre Petroski: suspended until 09/19/21. No contact until 09/12/21

Micheal Gillmore: suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21

Gerald Meerschaert: suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21

Makhmud Muradov: suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21

Alessio Di Chirico: suspended until 10/28/21. No contact until 10/13/21

Wellington Turman: must have right great toe fracture cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 02/25/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21

Sam Alvey: suspended until 10/13/21. No contact until 09/28/21 – cut under left eye

Darren Stewart: suspended until 10/31/21. No contact until 09/28/21

J.J. Aldrich: suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21

Vanessa Demopoulos: suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21 – facial abrasions

Jamall Emmers: must have left knee MRI. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 10/13/21, no contact until 09/28/21

Leomana Martinez: suspended until 09/28/21. No contact until 09/19/21

Guido Cannetti: must have right shoulder and left knee MRIs. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 02/25/22; minimum suspension no contest until 09/28/21, no contact until 09/19/21

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