UFC on ESPN 9 Medical Suspensions: Two Fighters Facing 180-Day Terms

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jun 1, 2020


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Spike Carlyle and Vince Morales are facing potential 180-day layoffs following losses at UFC on ESPN 9.

Carlyle, who dropped a unanimous verdict to Billy Quarantillo in a 150-pound catchweight bout, must have his left knee MRI cleared by an orthopedic physician or he will be sidelined six months. At a minimum, Carlyle is not allowed to have contact for 21 days.

Morales, meanwhile, suffered a second-round TKO loss to Chris Gutierrez due to leg kicks in a preliminary featherweight tilt. He must have a right orbital fracture cleared by an opthalmologist or face a six-month sit. At a minimum, Morales is suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released a full list of medical suspensions from the event on Monday.

UFC on ESPN 9 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday and saw Gilbert Burns defeat Tyron Woodley by unanimous decision in the evening’s welterweight headliner. Woodley is suspended 45 days or until a left eyebrow laceration is cleared by a doctor. He is not allowed contact for 30 days. Burns was suspended 30 days with 21 days of no contact.

UFC on ESPN 9 Medical Suspensions:

Gilbert Burns: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Tyron Woodley: Suspended 45 days or until left eyebrow laceration is cleared by physician; no contact for 30 days

Augusto Sakai: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Blagoy Ivanov: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Billy Quarantillo: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Spike Carlyle: Suspended 180 days or until left knee MRI is cleared by an orthopedic physician; no contact for 21 days

Brok Weaver: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Antonina Shevchenko: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Klidson Abreu: Suspended 45 days; no contact for 30 days

Tim Elliott: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Louis Smolka: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Vince Morales: Suspended 180 days or until right orbital fracture is cleared by opthalmologist with minimum 45-day suspension; no contact for 30 days

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