Billy Quarantillo and Matheus Nicolau were given the longest medical suspensions following their knockout losses at UFC Kansas City. Both fighters, competing in the featherweight and flyweight divisions respectively, suffered brutal knees from their opponents Edson Barboza and Brandon Royval resulting in 60-day medical suspensions. However, due to medical privacy laws, the details of the fighters’ suspensions were not disclosed.
UFC Kansas City took place last Saturday at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Alongside Quarantillo and Nicolau, eight other fighters were also issued medical suspensions, ranging from 30 to 60 days. UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and Arnold Allen were suspended for 30 days, and Zak Cummings, Bruna Brasil and Gaston Bolanos for 30 days respectively.
Furthermore, Tanner Boser, Clay Guida, Piera Rodriguez, Lando Vannata, and Aaron Phillips each received 45-day suspensions with 30 days of no contact. Finally, Ed Herman was given a 60-day suspension with a 45-day no-contact clause.
The UFC has been facing increased scrutiny regarding fighter health and safety concerns following a string of high-profile injuries and deaths. While medical suspensions are intended to protect fighters from further injury, critics claim that returning to competition too soon could have long-term consequences.
The UFC has since implemented several measures, including comprehensive medical evaluations before and after fights, stricter weight-cutting regulations, and increased medical staff presence on fight nights.
In summary, Quarantillo and Nicolau were issued the longest medical suspensions following their brutal knockouts at UFC Kansas City, with several other fighters also facing sanctions of varying degrees. The Missouri Office of Athletics has been working to ensure fighter health and safety at UFC events, but the issue remains a contentious one.