UFC 298 Medical Suspensions: Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa Facing 180-Day Terms

UFC
February 20, 2024
Co-main event competitors Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa are among nine fighters facing a potentially lengthy layoff on the heels of UFC 298.

Co-main event competitors Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa are among nine fighters facing a potentially lengthy layoff on the heels of UFC 298.

Whittaker is suspended for 180 days unless he receives doctor clearance for a potential fracture to his hand. The former middleweight champion also received a 60-day suspension pending physician clearance for lacerations to his right eye and foot. At a minimum, he is suspended 45 days with 30 days of no contact.

Costa, meanwhile, is facing a potential 180-day sit unless cleared due to potential fractures to his right foot and leg. He is also suspended 60 days for lacerations pending doctor clearance, and at a minimum, is suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

Whittaker took a hard-fought unanimous decision verdict against Costa in their middleweight clash at UFC 298.

The California State Athletic Commission recently released a list of medical suspensions from the event. UFC 298 took place on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and saw Ilia Topuria capture the featherweight title with a second-round knockout of Alexander Volkanovski in the evening’s main event. Topuria received a mandatory seven-day suspension, while Volkanovski is out 45 days with 30 days of no contact due to the KO defeat.

Seven other fighters from UFC 298 are facing potential 180-day terms: Henry Cejudo (left forearm), Mackenzie Dern (left leg, CT scan), Marcos Rogerio de Lima (right foot), Carlos Vera (shoulder), Mingyang Zhang (right hand), Danny Barlow (left forearm) and Josh Quinlan (CT scan).

UFC 298 Medical Suspensions:

Alexander Volkanovski: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

Robert Whittaker: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to hand; suspended 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact unless cleared by physician for laceration (right eye, foot); 45-day mandatory suspension, 30-day no contact for hard bout (no exception)

Paulo Costa: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to right foot, left leg; suspended 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact unless cleared by physician for laceration; 45-day mandatory suspension, 30-day no contact for hard bout (no exception)

Henry Cejudo: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to left forearm

Amanda Lemos: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to hard bout

Mackenzie Dern: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to left leg, CT scan; 45-day mandatory suspension, 30-day no contact for hard bout (no exception)

Marcos Rogerio de Lima: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to right foot

Junior Tafa: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to TKO

Carlos Vera: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to shoulder

Mingyang Zhang: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to right hand

Brendson Ribeiro: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

Danny Barlow: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to left forearm; 45-day mandatory suspension, 30-day no contact for hard bout (no exception)

Josh Quinlan: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician (CT scan); 45-day mandatory suspension, 30-day no contact for TKO (no exception)

Oban Elliott: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to hard bout

Valentine Woodburn: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to hard bout

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/UFC-298-Medical-Suspensions-Robert-Whittaker-Paulo-Costa-Facing-180Day-Terms-192672

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