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UFC 173 Medical Suspensions Report: 8 Receive Extended Terms

The suspension list from UFC 173 is in, and while every fighter is usually placed on a short suspension, this event seems to have quite a few fighters that were placed on suspension longer than the standard 30 days. Among those is welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger.

Out of 17 total suspensions, eight fighters made a list that would hold them back up to six months and Ellenberger falls into this list for a fracture near his eye that must be cleared by an ophthalmologist.

Other fighters on the lengthier end of the list are Francisco Rivera, Jamie Varner, Michael Chiesa, Mitch Clarke, Al Iaquinta, Vinc Pichel and Sam Sicilia.
As many have heard, Varner broke two bones in his left foot in the first round of his bout against James Krause. After making the decision to tough it out and continue fighting, Varner eventually succumbed to his injuries, which handed Krause the TKO victory.
Here is a full list of suspensions from UFC 173:
• T.J. Dillashaw: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to right eyebrow laceration.
• Renan Barao: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
• Dan Henderson: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to lacerations on nose, left eyebrow, left ear.
• Jake Ellenberger: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days. Additionally, must have left inferior wall blowout fracture cleared by ophthalmologist or no contest for 180 days.
• Takeya Mizugaki: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to cuts over both eyes.
• Francisco Rivera: Must have right hand cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days.
• Jamie Varner: Must have left leg cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days.
• Michael Chiesa: Must have left elbow x-rayed; if positive, must be cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days.
• Francisco Trinaldo: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to left cheek laceration.
• Katsunori Kikuno: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO and laceration on bridge of nose.
• Mitch Clarke: Must have right elbow cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days.
• Al Iaquinta: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days. Additionally, must have MRI of right knee and if positive, must be cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days.
• Vinc Pichel: Must have left eye blowout fracture cleared by ophthalmologist or no contest for 180 days.
• Anthony Njokuanki: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to possible corneal abrasion on left eye.
• Sam Sicilia: Must have right hand x-rayed and if positive, must be cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days.
• Jingliang Li: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to left eyebrow laceration.
• David Michaud: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.

By Kenya Owens

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