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UFC Vegas 17 medical suspensions: 10 fighters facing potential six-month layoffs, including Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson

Stephen Thompson (right) throws a punch at Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17
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The aftermath of the last UFC card of 2020 could see a number of fighters out of action until mid-2021.

UFC Vegas 17 main event victor Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson leads a list of 10 fighters who are facing potential six-month suspensions. Thompson’s right leg appeared to be limited in the latter stages of his fight with Geoff Neal this past Saturday and as it turns out he will require an MRI of his right knee and thigh as well as an X-ray of his right hand. Positive results mean Thompson will need orthopedic clearance or be sidelined until June 18.

Marlon Vera, who lost a unanimous decision to Jose Aldo in the co-main event, requires an MRI of his left wrist and an X-ray of his left hand and wrist, plus clearance from an orthopedic doctor in the event of a positive test. Otherwise, he could also face a six-month suspension.

Other names who might not be eligible to compete again until June due to injury include Anthony Pettis (nose, right foot), Pannie Kianzad (left hand, thumb), Deron Winn (left knee), Taila Santos (right elbow), Tafon Nchukwi (right knee, left shoulder), Jimmy Flick (right foot), Cody Durden (right knee), and Christos Giagos (left eye).

The Vegas 17 medical suspensions were released Tuesday by official records keeper mixedmartialarts.com. See the full list of suspensions below:

Stephen Thompson: Must have MRI of right knee and thigh, and X-ray of right hand, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 18, no contact until Feb. 3

Geoff Neal: Suspended until Feb. 3, no contact until Jan. 19 (right eyebrow laceration)

Jose Aldo: Suspended until Jan. 10, no contact until Jan. 3

Marlon Vera: Must have MRI of left wrist, and X-ray of left hand and wrist, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10

Michel Pereira: Suspended until Jan. 3, no contact until Dec. 27

Khaos Williams: Suspended until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10 (right cheek laceration)

Rob Font: Suspended until Jan. 10, no contact until Jan. 3

Marlon Moraes: Suspended until Feb. 3, no contact until Jan. 19

Marcin Tybura: Suspended until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10 (nose laceration)

Greg Hardy: Suspended until Feb. 3, no contact until Jan. 19

Anthony Pettis: Must have X-ray of nose, if positive must be cleared by ENT doctor; also requires X-ray of right foot, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10

Alex Morono: Suspended until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10

Pannie Kianzad: Must have X-ray and MRI of left hand and thumb, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10

Sijara Eubanks: Suspended until Jan. 10, no contact until Jan. 3

Deron Winn: Must have MRI or X-ray left knee, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 10, no contact until Jan. 3

Antonio Arroyo: Suspended until Jan. 10, no contact until Jan. 3

Taila Santos: Must have MRI of right elbow, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10

Gillian Robertson: Suspended until Feb. 3, no contact until Jan. 19 (nose laceration)

Tafon Nchukwi: Must have MRI or X-ray of right knee and left shoulder, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 3, no contact until Jan. 19

Jamie Pickett: Suspended until Feb. 3, no contact until Jan. 19

Jimmy Flick: Must have X-ray of right foot, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10

Cody Durden: Must have MRI of right knee, if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 18; minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 19, no contact until Jan. 10

Christos Giagos: Requires clearance from ophthalmologist for left eye corneal abrasion or no contest until June 18