UFC 153 Medical Suspensions: Maldonado and Teixeira out Up to 6 Months

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UFC 153 Medical Suspensions: Maldonado and Teixeira out Up to 6 Months
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If you purchased the pay-per-view portion of UFC 153, you saw one of the most one-sided beatings in recent UFC history. The latest golden boy of the light heavyweight division, Glover Teixeira, pummeled Fabio Maldonado mercilessly over the course of 10 minutes before the doctor did what the referee should have done much earlier in the fight and ended the carnage. 

The FightMetric numbers, which indicate that Teixeira landed 85 significant strikes, don’t do justice to the real significance of the strikes. 

When Maldonado entered the Octagon, he came out to the Rocky theme. The choice was prophetic, for after 10 minutes his face resembled that of Balboa in the final scenes of the first Rocky film. It was that bad. All that was missing was Maldonado going to the corner and saying, “Cut me, Mick.” The beating put Maldonado in the hospital and also earned him a six-month medical suspension.

Teixeira paid the price for the beating he administered as well, also earning a possible six-month suspension. Three other fighters also received possible 180-day suspensions: Sergio Moraes, Chris Camozzi and Luiz Cane.

 

Full UFC 153 Medical Suspensions (via MMAJunkie.com):

Fighters Suspended for 30 Days, with 21 Days No Contact

  • Joey Gambino
  • Diego Brandao
  • Erick Silva
  • Dave Herman

 

Fighters Suspended for 45 Days, with 30 Days No Contact

  • Sam Sicilia
  • Reza Madadi
  • Cristiano Marcello
  • Stephan Bonnar

 

Longer Suspensions Pending Medical Clearance

Luiz Cane was suspended for 180 days but can be cleared early pending an X-ray of his left orbital bone and nasal bone: minimum suspension of 45 days, with 30 days no contact.

Chris Camozzi was suspended for 180 days but can be cleared early pending an X-ray of his nasal bone: minimum suspension of 45 days, with 30 days no contact.

Sergio Moraes was suspended for 180 days but can be cleared early pending an MRI of his right knee: minimum suspension of 45 days, with 30 days no contact.

Fabio Maldonado was suspended for 180 days but can be cleared early pending a neurological exam: minimum suspension of 45 days, with 30 days no contact.

Glover Teixeira was suspended for 180 days but can be cleared early pending an X-ray of his right hand and right elbow: minimum suspension of 45 days, with 30 days no contact.

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