What's the story?
UFC 231 was an extremely violent event which saw several superstars suffer extreme injuries. As is the custom after each UFC event medical suspensions were handed out to the fighters according to the injuries which they suffered.
One particular fighter's injuries were a bit more serious than others. Only two of the stars were handed out the maximum suspension.
Thanks to Bloody Elbow for the heads up.
In case you didn't know...
Brian Ortega and Max Holloway headlined UFC 231, where the two fighters went at it for a full four rounds. The continuous offence from both the fighters saw Ortega, in particular, get badly battered by Max Holloway.
Holloway continuously jabbed at Brian Ortega, opening him up and breaking his nose. Ortega also revealed that he had suffered a broken thumb during the fight. By the time the fourth round was at an end, Ortega could hardly open his right eye enough to look out of it.
The heart of the matter
Of all the stars to have fought at UFC 231, other than Undercard fighter, Chad Laprise, Brian Ortega was the only one to be handed the maximum sentence of 180 days or 6-month suspension, following which they would both need medical clearances to compete.
The full list of suspensions are as follows:
Brian Ortega: 180 days and medical clearance
Chad Laprise: 180 days and medical clearance
Alex Oliveira: 60 days
Jimi Manuwa: 60 days and medical clearance
Kyle Nelson: 60 days
Devin Clark: 60 days and medical clearance
Max Holloway: 30 days
Valentina Shevchenko: 30 days
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: 30 days
Gunnar Nelson: 30 days and medical clearance
Kyle Bochniak: 30 days and medical clearance
Jessica Eye: 30 days
Katlyn Chookagian: 30 days
Elias Theodorou: 30 days
Eryk Anders: 30 days and medical clearance
Matthew Lopez: 30 days
Hakeem Dawodu: 14 days
Thiago Santos: 14 days
Nina Ansaroff: 14 days and medical clearance
Claudia Gadelha: 14 days
Gilbert Burns: 14 days
Olivier Aubin-Mercier: 14 days
Brad Katona: 14 days
Dhiego Lima: 14 days
Diego Ferreira: 14 days
Aleksandar Rakic: 14 days
It will be a while before Brian Ortega can compete in UFC again. However, when he comes back he certainly won't lack for fighters to face.