Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is one of six fighters facing lengthy medical suspensions after UFC 261.
Weidman suffered a broken leg after Uriah Hall checked his leg kick in the opening seconds of the pay-per-view bout this past month, and he now faces a six-month medical suspension, per the Florida State Boxing Commission, which regulated the event at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
The FSBC released the suspension lengths but did not provide details on the nature of the suspensions, citing medical privacy, but MMA Fighting obtained some details on several of them. Generally, full suspension terms apply only if an injury is not cleared by a relevant doctor, though Weidman’s timetable for return remains unknown in the wake of the serious injury.
Weidman wasn’t the only one to sustain a leg injury. Jim Crute’s ankle went limp after he took a leg kick from Anthony Smith in the pay-per-view opener of the UFC 261 fight card.
Here are the full suspensions arising from UFC 261, which was headlined by a welterweight title rematch between champ Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.
Jorge Masvidal – 60 days
Zhang Weili – 60 days
Valentina Shevchenko – 180 days
Jessica Andrade – 30 days
Chris Weidman – 180 days, needs orthopedic clearance
Jim Crute - 180 days, needs orthopedic clearance
Brendan Allen – 30 days
Karl Roberson – negative MRI required or 180 days
Pat Sabatini X-Ray or MRI clearance required for right thumb or suspended 180 days
Kevin Natividad – 45 days
Kazula Vargas – 180 days
Zhu Rong – 30 days
Liang Na – 45 days
Jeffrey Molina - 14 days
Qileng Aori – 60 days, CT scan required for head and face