04 Dec - 
The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale medical suspensions: Heavyweight winner gets six-month order

“The Ultimate Fighter 28” heavyweight winner Juan Espino is one of two fighters to receive potential six-month medical suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

NSAC officials today released the orders given following this past weekend’s The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale, which took place at Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas.

Espino (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who submitted Justin Frazier (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in their heavyweight tournament finale, will need to have an MRI on his right knee and receive clearance from orthopedic doctor if he hopes to return before May 30.

Meanwhile, flyweight Alex Perez (21-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who suffered a first-round TKO loss to perennial contender Joseph Benavidez (26-5 MMA, 13-3 UFC), must get an X-ray on his right hand and also be cleared by an orthopedic doctor should he hope to return before May 30.

The night’s welterweight headliners received minimal suspensions following their five-round clash, with winner Kamaru Usman sidelined for 30 days and Rafael dos Anjos, who came up on the wrong side of a unanimous decision, getting 60 days.

The complete medical suspensions for The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale include:

  • Alex Perez: Suspended until May 30 unless right hand cleared by an orthopedic doctor; minimum suspension until Jan. 15, with no contact until Dec. 31
  • Juan Espino: Suspended until May 30 unless right knee cleared by an orthopedic doctor; minimum suspension until Dec. 31, with no contact until Dec. 22
  • Rafael dos Anjos: Suspended until Jan. 30, with no contact until Jan. 15 due to lacerations
  • Rick Glenn: Suspended until Jan. 30, with no contact until Jan. 15 due to a laceration
  • Raoni Barcelos: Suspended until Jan. 30, with no contact until Jan. 15 due to a laceration
  • Darren Stewart: Suspended until Jan. 15, with no contact until Dec. 31 due to a laceration
  • Ricky Rainey: Suspended until Jan. 15, with no contact until Dec. 31 due to a laceration
  • Kamaru Usman: Suspended until Dec. 31, with contact until Dec. 22 due to left thumb pain
  • Bryan Caraway: Suspended until Dec. 31, with no contact until Dec. 22 due to a laceration
  • Kevin Aguilar: Suspended until Dec. 31, with no contact until Dec. 22 due to left shin contusion
  • Michel Batista: Suspended until Dec. 31, with contact until Dec. 22
  • Leah Letson: Suspended until Dec. 31, with no contact until Dec. 22 due to a laceration
  • Darrell Horcher: Suspended until Dec. 31, with contact until Dec. 22
  • Chris Gutierrez: Suspended until Dec. 31, with contact until Dec. 22

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.