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UFC 245 medical suspensions: Colby Covington potentially out six months with broken jaw

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Colby Covington suffered a broken jaw in his fifth-round TKO loss to Kamaru Usman this past weekend at UFC 245, and it may keep him sidelined for the next six months.

On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions for the card with Covington looking at a potentially lengthy suspension due to the injuries he suffered in the fight with Usman.

Covington must have his “nondisplaced midline mandibular fracture” cleared by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or he’ll be out of action until June 12, 2020. Regardless of the broken jaw, Covington will be suspended until at least Feb. 13, 2020 with no contact until Jan. 29, 2020.

Covington likely suffered the injury in the third round when a replay showed a pair of punches connecting on the former interim champion that snapped his head around on a swivel. After returning to his corner, Covington told his coaches that he felt like he broke his jaw during the round.

After the event was finished, Covington was taken to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment and the first scan didn’t show any fractures but a secondary look revealed the broken jaw. Now he will have to sit on the sidelines while waiting fo the injury to heal before he can be cleared to compete again in 2020.

As it turns out, Usman faces a similar suspension after the commission required him to have an X-ray done on his left thumb and if it returns positive he must be cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he could also be suspended until June 12, 2020. Early in the fight, Usman appeared to favor his left hand following a punch that connected on Covington, although he continued to use his hand for the rest of the contest without any major issue.

New UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski joins Usman and Covington on the list of athletes looking at a potential six-month suspension following his win over Max Holloway. Volkanovski much have his right hand scanned, and if that comes back positive, he has to gain clearance from an orthopedic doctor or he’ll be sitting out until June 12, 2020 as well.

Here are the full medical suspensions for UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington

Kamaru Usman — Must have left thumb x-ray, if positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 6/12/20. Minimum suspension until 1/14/20 with no contact until 1/5/20

Colby Covington — Must have nondisplaced midline mandibular fracture cleared by oral and maxillofacial surgeon or no contest until 6/12/20. Minimum suspension until 2/13/20, no contact until 1/29/20

Alexander Volkanovski — Must have right hand x-ray, if positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 6/12/20. Minimum suspension 1/29/20, no contest until 1/14/20.

Max Holloway — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20 due to leg pain

Amanda Nunes — Suspended until 1/4/20, no contact until 1/5/20

Germaine de Randamie — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20.

Marlon Moraes — Suspended until 1/29/20, no contact until 1/14/20 due to cut on left eyelid.

Jose Aldo — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20

Petr Yan — Must have right foot X-ray, if positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 6/12/20. Minimum suspension until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20

Urijah Faber ­— Suspended until 2/13/20, no contact until 1/29/20

Geoff Neal — Must have left ribs X-ray, if positive must have doctor clearance or no contest until 6/12/20. Minimum suspension until 1/14/20 with no contact until 1/5/20.

Mike Perry — Must have nasal X-ray, if positive must have doctor clearance or no contest until 6/12/20. Minimum suspension until 2/13/20, no contact until 1/29/20

Ketlen Vieira — Suspended until 2/13/20, no contact until 1/29/20

Omari Akhmedov — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20

Ian Heinisch — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20

Matt Brown — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20 due to cut on left eyebrow.

Ben Saunders — Suspended until 2/13/20, no contact until 1/29/20

Daniel Teymur ­— Suspended until 1/29/20, no contact until 1/14/20

Brandon Moreno — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20

Kai Kara-France — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20

Jessica Eye — Suspended until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/15/20 due to cut on left cheek.

Viviane Araujo — Must have X-ray or MRI of right hand and X-ray of right foot and left tibia, if positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or suspended until 6/12/20. Minimum suspension until 1/14/20, no contact until 1/5/20.

Oskar Piechota — Suspended until 2/13/20, no contact until 1/29/20.