UFC Vegas 44 medical suspensions: Orbital fractures could sideline Jose Aldo and Rob Font until June

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Jul 28, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Jose Aldo (red gloves) defeats Jeremy Stephens (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

MixedMartialArts.com has the exclusive list of the UFC Vegas 44 medical suspensions, from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and it seems that both participants in the night’s main event could be forced to the sidelines until June.

UFC Vegas 44 was headlined by a bantamweight matchup pitting Rob Font versus Jose Aldo. In the end, former featherweight king Aldo reigned supreme after 25 competitive minutes, in a battle of top-five talents in the division. Despite the Brazilian being the fighter who scored the most noteworthy strikes during the bout, both men damaged each other severely. Especially to the face.

Both Font and Aldo could be sidelined for up to six months with fractures to their orbital bones. That is unless they can get cleared by an ear, nose, & throat doctor before then.

Several other competitors on this past Saturday’s card are also facing extended breaks from the Octagon. You can find the full list of post-fight medical evaluations below.

UFC Vegas 44 medical suspensions rundown

Jose Aldo def. Rob Font by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45)

  • Aldo must have right orbital fracture cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 06/03/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 01/04/22, no contact until 12/26/21
  • Font must have left orbital and nasal fractures cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 06/03/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 01/19/22, no contact until 01/04/22

Rafael Fiziev def. Brad Riddell by TKO in round 3 (2:20)

  • Fiziev suspended until 01/04/22. No contact until 12/26/21
  • Riddell suspended until 02/03/22. No contact until 01/19/22 – Laceration repair above left eyebrow

Jamahal Hill def. Jimmy Crute by KO in round 1 (:48)

  • Hill must have left elbow X-ray. If positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 06/03/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 12/26/21. No contact until 12/19/21
  • Crute must have left orbital or nasal bone fractures cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 06/03/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 02/03/22, no contact until 01/19/22

Clay Guida def. Leonardo Santos by submission in round 2 (1:21)

  • Guida facing no suspension
  • Santos suspended until 01/04/22. No contact until 12/26/21

Chris Curtis def. Brendan Allen by TKO in round 2 (1:58)

  • Curtis facing no suspension
  • Allen must have left hand X-ray and MRI. If positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 06/03/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 01/19/22, no contact until 01/04/22

Alex Morono def. Mickey Gall by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Morono facing no suspension
  • Gall suspended until 01/04/22. No contact until 12/26/21

Dusko Tudorovic def. Maki Pitolo by TKO in round 1 (4:34)

  • Todorovic must have left foot/ankle MRI. If positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 06/03/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 12/26/21, no contact until 12/19/21
  • Pitolo suspended until 01/19/22. No contact until 01/04/22 – Laceration repair under right eye

Manel Kape def. Zhalgas Zumagulov by TKO in round 1 (4:02)

  • Kape facing no suspension
  • Zumagulov suspended until 01/19/22. No contact until 01/04/22

Bryan Barberena def. Darian Weeks by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Barberena suspended until 01/04/22. No contact until 12/26/21
  • Weeks suspended until 12/26/21. No contact until 12/19/21

Cheyanne Vlismas def. Mallory Martin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

  • Vlismas suspended until 01/04/22. No contact until 12/26/21 – Hard fight
  • Martin suspended until 01/04/22. No contact until 12/26/21

William Knight def. Alonzo Menifield by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Knight facing no suspension
  • Menifield must have left knee MRI. If positive must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until 06/03/22. Minimum suspension no contest until 01/04/22, no contact until 12/26/21

Claudio Puelles def. Chris Gruetzemacher by submission in round 3 (3:25)

  • Puelles facing no suspension
  • Gruetzemacher suspended until 01/04/22. No contact until 12/26/21

Vince Morales def. Louis Smolka by KO in round 1 (2:02)

  • Morales facing no suspension
  • Smolka suspended until 01/19/22. No contact until 01/04/22


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