UFC 156 Medical Suspensions: 3 Potential 6-Month Suspensions Given

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UFC 156 Medical Suspensions: 3 Potential 6-Month Suspensions Given

Twenty-two fighters competed on Saturday’s UFC 156 fight card from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. NV. More than half of that number will have some unplanned time off before their next fight as the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down medical suspensions to 13 fighters.

The lengths of the suspensions range from one month to an open-ended indefinite suspension. The lengthiest potential suspensions with a time attached to them are six months, which were handed down to three fighters.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira received the indefinite suspension due to a potential eye injury suffered during his bout with Rashad Evans. Nogueira won the bout, but was poked in the eye during the third round.

The six-month suspensions were given to Frankie Edgar, Evan Dunham and Francisco Rivera. Dunham and Rivera were victorious in their bouts, while Edgar dropped his five-round contest to Jose Aldo via unanimous decision.

Fighters that walked away without any medical time off are: Jose Aldo, Rashad Evans, Demain Maia, Jon Fitch, Ian McCall, Tyron Woodley, Bobby Green, Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Dustin Kimura.

 

Full UFC 156 Medical Suspensions (via MMAWeekly.com):

Frankie Edgar: Must have facial CT scan to rule out a left orbital fracture. If the CT scan is positive, then he must gain clearance by a maxilla-facial doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 2, 2013. He faces a minimum suspension until April 4 with no contact prior to March 20.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Needs clearance by an ophthalmologist before his next fight due to a right eye injury.

Antonio Silva: Suspended until March 5 with no contact prior to Feb. 24 due to a chin laceration.

Alistair Overeem: Suspended until March 20 with no contact prior to March 5.

Joseph Benavidez: Suspended until Feb. 24 with no contact prior to Feb. 17 due to a forehead laceration.

Evan Dunham: Must have right orbital blowout fracture cleared by an ophthalmologist or plastic surgeon or he is suspended until Aug. 2. He faces a minimum suspension until April 4 with no contact prior to March 20.

Gleison Tibau: Suspended until Feb. 24 with no contact prior to Feb. 17.

Jay Hieron: Suspended until April 4 with no contact prior to March 20.

Jacob Volkmann: Suspended until March 5 with no contact prior to Feb. 24 due to right eye contusion.

Yves Edwards: Suspended until March 5 with no contact prior to Feb. 24 due to left eye laceration.

Chico Camus: Suspended until Feb. 24 with no contact prior to Feb. 17.

Francisco Rivera: Must have right hand/wrist x-rayed. If x-ray is positive, then he needs clearance by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 2. He faces a minimum suspension until March 20 with no contact prior to March 5.

Edwin Figueroa: Suspended until Feb. 24 with no contact prior to Feb. 27 due to left eye laceration.

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