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UFC 170 Medical Suspensions: MacDonald, Assuncao Could Be Out Until August

No UFC event is without its bangs and bruises.

While there are no long-term casualties from UFC 170, five could be out as long as six months.

Heading the list of suspended fighters revealed by the  Nevada State Athletic Commission were Rory MacDonald, Raphael Assuncao and Stephen Thompson, all of whom have conditional suspensions for six months, as do Robert Whittaker and Cody Gibson. All can return quicker if cleared by doctors.

MacDonald earned a win over Demian Maia and will need a doctor’s clearance on his right ankle  if he wants to return sooner than six months.

Assuncao likely earned a bantamweight title shot with his win over Pedro Munhoz, needs to have his left ribs cleared.

The full list of suspensions includes:

  • Sara McMann: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Patrick Cummins: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
  • Rory MacDonald: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days; additionally, must have right ankle cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
  • Demian Maia: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
  • T.J. Waldburger: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
  • Stephen Thompson: must have right hand cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
  • Robert Whittaker: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days; additionally, must have left forearm cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
  • Raphael Assuncao: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days; additionally, must have left ribs cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
  • Pedro Munhoz: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Aljamain Sterling: must have MRI of head within seven days
  • Cody Gibson: must have right hand cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
  • Rafaello Oliveira: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to contusion under right eye

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