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UFC 243 medical suspensions: Al Iaquinta potentially facing six-month layoff

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Al Iaquinta’s latest trip to Australia was a rough one.

While Iaquinta was enthusiastic about competing in “The Land Down Under” for the second time in his career, the 32-year-old lightweight suffered a unanimous decision loss to Dan Hooker in Saturday’s UFC 243 co-main event. Worse, Iaquinta could be facing a long layoff.

Iaquinta has been handed a provisional 180-day suspension by the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board of Victoria, which regulated this past Saturday’s pay-per-view at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Medical suspensions were provided to MMAFighting by official ABC records keeper mixedmartialarts.com.

Iaquinta require X-rays on the tibula and fibula of his left leg as well as his foot. The suspension can be lifted pending clearance from a physician.

No other fighters on the card are expected to miss a significant amount of time for medical reasons, including headliners Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker.

See the full list of UFC 243 medical suspensions below:

  • Israel Adesanya: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Robert Whittaker: 60-day medical suspension for KO, 45 days no contact
  • Dan Hooker: 30-day medical suspension for left knee lacerations, 21 days no contact
  • Al Iaquinta: 180-day medical suspension for left tibula and fibula, foot injuries
  • Sergey Spivak: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Tai Tuivasa: 45-days medical suspension for right rib soreness, 30 days no contact
  • Dhiego Lima: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Luke Jumeau: 30-day medical suspension (scans and X-rays were negative), 21 days no contact
  • Yorgan De Castro: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Justin Tafa: 60-day medical suspension for KO, 45 days no contact
  • Jake Matthews: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Rostem Akman: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Callan Potter: 30-day medical suspension (no reason given), 21 days no contact
  • Maki Pitolo: 30-day medical suspension (no reason given), 21 days no contact
  • Brad Riddell: 45-day medical suspension for left eyebrow laceration, 30 days no contact
  • Jamie Mullarkey: 30-day medical suspension (scans were negative), 21 days no contact
  • Megan Anderson: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Zarah Fairn: 30-day medical suspension for left eyelid laceration, 21 days no contact
  • Ji Yeon Kim: 7-day mandatory rest period
  • Nadia Kassem: 45-day medical suspension with 30-days no contact (scans and X-rays were negative)
  • Khalid Taha: 30-day medical suspension (no reason given), 21 days no contact
  • Bruno Silva: 45-day medical suspension for left eye laceration, 30 days no contact


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