Spike Carlyle and Vince Morales are getting the worst of the suspensions stemming from UFC on ESPN 9, Saturday, May 30.
Carlyle and Morales face potential 180-day suspensions from the Nevada Athletic Commission [NAC]. Carlyle suffered a unanimous decision loss to Billy Quarantillo in a back-and-forth 150 lbs. catchweight bout on the main card.
The NAC demands 180 days unless Carlyle’s left knee MRI is cleared by an orthopedic physician. Carlyle can also have no contact for 21 days.
Morales’ left leg took a beating in a second-round TKO loss, due to leg kicks, against Chris Gutierrez. Morales fractured his right orbital bone, which requires a minimum 45-day suspension with no contact for 30 days. He is suspended 180 days unless he is cleared by a doctor.
Tyron Woodley and Klidson Abreu both received 45 day suspension or until their injuries are cleared by a physician. Both must have no contact for 30 days.
Fighters who received 30 day suspensions with no contact for 21 days include: Gilbert Burns, Augusto Sakai, Blagoy Ivanov, Louis Smolka, Billy Quarantillo, Brok Weaver, Tim Elliott and Antonina Shevchenko.
Athletes can return sooner than their suspension duration if they are cleared by a doctor.
Fighters serving no suspension include: Hannah Cifers, Mackenzie Dern, Roosevelt Roberts, Gabe Green, Daniel Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Chookagian, Jamahal Hill, Brandon Royval, Casey Kenney and Chris Gutierrez.
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