UFC 254 medical suspensions: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje get 7 days each, three face potential six-month layoffs

UFC 254 medical suspensions: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje get 7 days each, three face potential six-month layoffs

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje will each face short suspensions following the UFC 254 main event, although it won’t matter much for the former.

Nurmagomedov submitted Gaethje in the second round of their lightweight title unification bout on Saturday in Abu Dhabi before “The Eagle” announced his retirement from the sport. Gaethje’s four-fight winning streak was snapped in the process.

According to MMA.tv, the official record keepers for the Association of Boxing Commissions, Nurmagomedov and Gaethje were each issued seven-day mandatory rest suspensions following their title matchup.

Meanwhile, three fighters on the card could face potential six-month layoffs, including Jared Cannonier—one half of the co-main event. Cannonier dropped a unanimous decision to Robert Whittaker and will need to be cleared by a doctor, as well as a negative X-ray for his left wrist. In addition, “Killa Gorilla” will be forced to sit for 30 days with 21 days of no contact.

Whittaker was given a seven-day mandatory rest suspension following his second straight win.

Nathaniel Wood and Liana Jojua are also facing potential six-month layoffs. Wood, who dropped a unanimous decision to Casey Kenney, needs to have his right hand cleared by an X-ray and faces 30 days rest with 21 days of no contact. Jojua will need to be cleared by an ear, nose and throat doctor after her TKO loss to Miranda Maverick and will be forced to sit for 60 days with 45 days no contact.

Here are the full medical suspensions from UFC 254 as confirmed to MMA.tv by the UFC, who acts as their own commission in Abu Dhabi:

Khabib Nurmagomedov: 7 days mandatory rest

Justin Gaethje: 7 days mandatory rest

Robert Whittaker: 7 days mandatory rest

Jared Cannonier: 180 days unless cleared by doctor for left wrist. Minimum suspension for 30 days with 21 days no contact

Alexander Volkov: 7 days mandatory rest

Walt Harris: 30 days for TKO, 21 days no contact

Phil Hawes: 7 days mandatory rest

Jacob Malkoun: 60 days for KO, 45 days no contact

Lauren Murphy: 7 days mandatory rest

Liliya Shakirova: 7 days mandatory rest

Magomed Ankalaev: 7 days mandatory rest

Ion Cutelaba: 45 days for TKO, 30 days no contact

Tai Tuivasa: 7 days mandatory rest

Stefan Struve: 45 days for KO, 30 days no contact

Casey Kenney: 30 days for hard bout, 21 days no contact

Nathaniel Wood: 180 days unless cleared by doctor for right hand. Minimum suspension for 30 days with 21 days no contact

Shavkat Rakhmonov: 7 days mandatory rest

Alex Oliveira: 7 days mandatory rest

Da Un Jung: 7 days mandatory rest

Sam Alvey: 30 days, 21 days no contact

Miranda Maverick: 7 days mandatory rest

Liana Jojua: 180 days unless cleared by ENT. Minimum suspension for 60 days with 45 days no contact

Joel Alvarez: 7 days mandatory rest

Alexander Yakovlev: 7 days mandatory rest

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