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UFC 221 medical suspensions: Yoel Romero, Luke Rockhold get six months each


The headliners from this past Saturday’s UFC 221 face a long layoff unless they can get cleared by doctors.

Both Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) received six-month medical suspensions issued by the Western Australia Combat Sports Commission, which were recently posted by mixedmartialarts.com.

Romero took home a knockout victory in the pay-per-view fight at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, but he’ll need orthopedic clearance for his left middle finger to avoid a six-month term. Surprisingly, his suspension didn’t include any information about his leg, which his manager said was bruised to the bone.

Rockhold, meanwhile, can avoid a six-month term with clearance from a dentist.

In other notable suspensions, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is benched for six months following his decision over Mark Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) in the co-main event. He needs doctor clearance for an injured left knee.

The full list of medical suspensions from UFC 221 includes:

  • Yoel Romero: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for left middle finger; suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Luke Rockhold: suspended 180 days or until cleared by dentist
  • Curtis Blaydes: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for for left knee; suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Mark Hunt: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for left ear laceration
    Tai Tuivasa: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Cyril Asker: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Jake Matthews: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for eyebrow laceration
  • Li Jingliang: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Tyson Pedro: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Saparbek Safarov: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for TKO
  • Dong Hyun Kim: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for left proximal fibula fracture; suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Damien Brown: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for right eyelid laceration
  • Israel Adesanya: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Rob Wilkinson: suspended 180 days or until cleared by ear, nose, and throat or oral and maxillofacial doctor; suspended a minimum of 60 days with 45 days no contact
  • Alexander Volkanovski: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Jeremy Kennedy: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Jussier Formiga: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for scalp laceration
  • Ben Nguyen: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Ross Pearson: suspended 45 days for dental evaluation
  • Mizuto Hirota: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Jose Quinonez: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for right foot
  • Teruto Ishihara: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Luke Jumeau: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for right hand and second metacarpal fracture
  • Daichi Abe: suspended 45 days due to hard bout

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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