Alistair Overeem Faces Six-Month Suspension From UFC Due to Medical Reasons

Published 02/10/2021, 8:31 AM EST


UFC Fight Night 184 was an exciting night full of evenly matched fights and knockouts. Several moments caused a major shift in eras. Alistair Overeem losing to Alexander Volkov was one of these moments which signified a passing of the torch. However, it was also filled with several injuries, and several fighters took some heavy damage to their bodies.

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Dutch UFC heavyweight fighter, Alistair Overeem, was one of several UFC fighters who have been handed suspensions for medical reasons after UFC Fight Night 184. ‘The Demolition Man’ who suffered a fractured nose after his knockout loss received a six-month suspension. However, he can make a return before that if he is cleared by a doctor.

Alistair Overeem: The end of a fantastic career?

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Overeem’s defeat at the UFC Apex all but ensured that he would not fight for a UFC title. He was on a two-fight win streak but will drift further away from the top and may have to fight lower-ranked fighters.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 16: Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands reacts after his TKO victory over Walt Harris in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 16, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The match wasn’t close, and Overeem showed his age. He didn’t look like he was prepared for Volkov, and if this is the time he hangs up his boots, it will be a sad ending to a fantastic career. Besides Overeem, several other fighters were hit with suspensions too.

Other fighters with major and minor suspensions

Alexandre Pantoja, who beat fellow flyweight, Manel Kape, via unanimous decision, bore the scars of battle and was slapped with a six-month medical suspension. Kape too received the same sanction. The aforementioned fighters need to get X-rays done and get cleared by a doctor before the UFC can book them.

Per MMA Junkie, other fighters with six-month lay-offs are Mike Rodriguez, Karol Rosa, Joselyn Edwards, and Devonte Smith.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Cory Sandhagen lands a flying knee to knock out Frankie Edgar in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Another notable lay-off is Frankie Edgar, who faces a suspension of 60 days, with 45 of them being no contact. Michael Johnson is also facing one of 21 days, with 14 days being no contact. Clay Guida, who beat Michael Johnson via a decision, also needs to get a head laceration cleared. Otherwise, he’ll be suspended for 30 days.

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Fighters, Diego Ferreira and Beneil Dariush, also face similar suspensions of 30 days, with 21 of them being no contact. Meanwhile, Justin Jaynes has a swelling in his left eye which demands a hiatus of 30 days. Also, Jerome Rivera faces a suspension of 45 days with 30 of them being no contact.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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