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UFC 266 medical suspensions: Brian Ortega potentially out of action for 6 months

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MMA: SEP 25 UFC 266
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UFC 266 left a lot of ailing fighters in its wake, including headliner Brian Ortega.

In the main event of this past Saturday’s pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ortega came out on the losing end of a thrilling five-round affair against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. Ortega was battered in the third round and the fight looked like it might be stopped, but Ortega made it off the stool for the championship rounds.

That toughness came at a cost though, as Ortega suffered an eye injury that could keep him out until March 25. According to the list of medical suspensions acquired by mixedmartialarts.com, Ortega requires clearance from an ophthalmologist for a right orbital blowout fracture or he will be out for 180 days.

Nine other fighters also suffered injuries that could potentially leave them sidelined until next March: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (teeth), Marlon Moraes (right hand, left thumb), Dan Hooker (right foot), Shamil Abdurakhimov (nose), Taila Santos (right hand), Uros Medic (left thumb), Martin Sano (left thumb, nose), Jonathan Pearce (left hand), and Omar Morales (left ankle).

See the full list UFC 266 medical suspensions below:

Alexander Volkanovski: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Brian Ortega: Must receive clearance from ophthalmologist for right orbital blowout fracture or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 25, no contact until Nov. 10

Lauren Murphy: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Robbie Lawler: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Nick Diaz: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Curtis Blaydes: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Jairzinho Rozenstruik: Must receive dental clearance on teeth 19-24 or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Cynthia Calvillo: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Merab Dvalishvili: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Marlon Moraes: Must have right hand and left thumb X-ray; if either is positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26

Dan Hooker: Must have right foot X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 25, no contact until Oct. 17

Nasrat Haqparast: Suspended until Nov. 10, no contact until Oct. 26 — right ribs

Chris Daukaus: Suspended until Oct. 10, no contact until Oct. 3

Shamil Abdurakhimov: Must receive clearance from ENT (ear nose, and throat) doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 25, no contact until Nov. 10

Taila Santos: Must have right hand X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 10, no contact until Oct. 3

Roxanne Modafferi: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17 — scalp laceration

Uros Medic: Requires left thumb MRI and X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Nick Maximov: Suspended until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17 — scalp laceration

Martin Sano: Must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor for broken left thumb and ENT doctor for broken nose or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 25, no contact until Nov. 10

Jonathan Pearce: Requires left hand MRI; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17

Omar Morales: Requires left ankle X-ray; if positive, must receive clearance from orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 25. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 26, no contact until Oct. 17