Tyron Woodley is still feeling the sting of his fifth round TKO loss to Colby Covington last weekend at UFC Vegas 11. He could be forced into a lengthy layoff due to injuries sustained in that fight.
The former UFC welterweight champion was forced to quit the contest after suffering a broken rib in the last round after Covington had already dominated the majority of the fight. It was a disappointing end for Woodley, who not only lost to a longtime rival, but he also gave up his third fight in a row.
As a result of this injury, Woodley revealed through an x-ray that he suffered a broken rib during the fight, which could potentially keep him away for several months.
The Nevada Athletic Commission issued the card’s medical suspensions on Tuesday, with Woodley facing a possible six-month term due to the rib injury from the bout. Woodley will need his injuries repaired by an orthopedic surgeon, or he will be forced to be absent until March 19, 2021. At a minimum, Woodley will not be allowed to compete until November 4 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, main event co-fighter Niko Price faces a similar sentence after being suspended for six months due to a right hand injury following his bout with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Price must have his right hand x-rayed, and if the results are positive, he must have an orthopedic surgeon evacuate him, otherwise he will be sidelined until March 19, 2021.
Here is the full list of UFC Vegas 11 card medical suspensions, courtesy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.:
Tyron Woodley: Must have left costochondral tear (ribs) cleared by orthopedic doctor or no fight until 03/19/21. Minimum suspension until 04/11/20, no contact until 20/10/20
Niko Price: Must have an x-ray of the right hand, if positive must have authorization from an orthopedic doctor or no competition until 03/19/21. Minimum suspension until 04/11/20, no contact until 20/10/20
Gerald Meerschaert: suspended until 11/04/20, no contact until 10/20/20
Ryan Spann: suspended until 11/04/20, no contact until 10/20/20
Randa Markos: Must have the left elbow authorized by the doctor or no fight until 03/19/21 Minimum suspension until 10/20/20, no contact until 11/10/20
Kevin Holland: Must have left eyebrow laceration cleared by doctor or no contest until 10/20/20, no contact until 11/10/20
Jordan Espinosa: suspended until 10/20/20, no contact until 11/10/20 due to left tibia contusion
David Dvorak: suspended until 10/20/20, no contact until 11/10/20 due to fighting pain on the right.
Sarah Alpar: Must have a nasal fracture cleared by ENT or no contest until 03/19/21. Minimum suspension until 11/19/20, no contact until 11/04/20
Journey Newson: suspended until 11/19/20, no contact until 11/04/20
Andre Ewell: Suspended until 10/20/20, no contact until 11/10/20 due to facial lacerations
Irwin Rivera: suspended until 10/20/20, no contact until 11/10/20 due to facial abrasions.
Jerome Rivera: suspended until 11/04/20, no contact until 10/20/20.