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:
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