UFC Mexico City Medicals: Jeremy Stephens Requires Clearance for Corneal Abrasion

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 23, 2019


Jeremy Stephens is confident he’ll be able to run it back against Yair Rodriguez before the end of the year, but he’ll have to be cleared before than can even be a possibility.

Stephens must be cleared by an ophthalmologist for a corneal abrasion or face a 180-day medical suspension after being poked in the eye by Rodriguez in the UFC Fight Night 159 headliner. Stephens was unable to open his eye after the foul despite being given a recovery period of several minutes. As a result, the bout was ruled a no contest after just 15 seconds.

The UFC, which regulated Saturday’s card in Mexico City, released a list of medical suspensions to mixedmartialarts.com.

Four other fighters from UFC Fight Night 159 are facing a possible 180-day sit pending medical clearance: Carla Esparza (right elbow and nasal x-ray), Irene Aldana (nasal x-ray), Marco Polo Reyes (requires neurologist clearance) and Ariane Carnelossi (nasal x-ray).

UFC Fight Night 159 Medical Suspensions:

Jeremy Stephens: suspended 180 days or until cleared by ophthalmologist for corneal abrasion.

Yair Rodriguez: suspended mandatory seven days.

Carla Esparza: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor for right elbow and nasal X-ray; suspended a minimum of 30 days.

Alexa Grasso: suspended 30 days for hard bout.

Brandon Moreno: suspended 30 days for right eye swelling.

Askar Askarov: suspended 30 days for hard bout.

Irene Aldana: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor with nasal X-ray; suspended a minimum of 30 days.

Vanessa Melo: suspended 30 days for hard bout.

Steven Peterson: suspended mandatory seven days.

Martin Bravo: suspended 60 days for KO; CT scan was negative. Also suspended 45 days with no contact.

Jose Alberto Quinonez: suspended 30 days for right foot soreness.

Carlos Huachin: suspended mandatory seven days.

Kyle Nelson: suspended mandatory seven days.

Marco Polo Reyes: suspended 180 days for TKO or until cleared by neurologist; suspended a minimum of 45 days with 30 days no contact.

Angela Hill: suspended mandatory seven days.

Ariane Carnelossi: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor with nasal X-ray; suspended a minimum of 30 days for left brow laceration.

Sergio Pettis: suspended mandatory seven days.

Tyson Nam: suspended 30 days for hard bout.

Paul Craig: suspended mandatory seven days.

Vinicius Moreira Castro: suspended 30 days for hard bout.

Bethe Correia: suspended 60 days for hard bout with 45 days no contact.

Sijara Eubanks: suspended 60 days for hard bout with 45 days no contact.

Claudio Puelles: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.

Marcos Mariano: suspended 30 days for hard bout.

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