Sorry about your luck Rashad Evans…
Twelve UFC 135 participants have been medically suspended following their efforts at last weekend’s “Jones vs. Rampage” event including the light-heavyweight champion who could be out up to six-months for injuries suffered during the night’s main event.
“UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage” took place last Saturday, September 24 live on pay-per-view from Denver’s Pepsi Center. The card featured a light-heavyweight title fight in its main event between champion, Jon Jones and challenger “Rampage” Jackson in the champs first ever title defense. The bout ended in the fourth round with Jones securing a submission to retain his title.
Next up for the champion is long-time number one contender, Rashad Evans whose aspirations to regain his title originally lost at the hands of Lyoto Machida have been sidelined month after month and year after year due to injuries to both himself and his opponents.
After originally being scheduled to face Jones, he was leap frogged yet again when Jones was forced to withdraw from the scheduled meeting due to injury. The set back put Evans against Ortiz and the healed up Jones against Rampage.
With the possibility of another extended layoff from the champion, the division could become stagnant yet again; the UFC has already planned the next number one contender showdown at UFC 139 between Dan Henderson and “Shogun” Rua this November.
No details regarding the cause of suspensions were given by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ Office of Boxing.
The full list of suspensions is as follows:
• Jon Jones: Suspended 180 days (or 45 days with physician clearance)
• Quinton Jackson: Suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days
• Matt Hughes: Suspended 45 days no contact for 30 days
• Mark Hunt: Suspended 45 days no contact for 30 days
• Ben Rothwell: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days
• Takanori Gomi: Suspended 30 days
• Aaron Riley: Suspended 180 days (or 90 days with physician clearance)
• Nick Ring: Suspended 30 days
• Eddie Yagin: Suspended 30 days
• Cole Escovedo: Suspended 45 days no contact for 30 days
• Ricardo Romero: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days
• James Te Huna: Suspended 180 days for injuries (or a minimum 30 Days with physician clearance)
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