The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently issued the medical suspensions from UFC 79: "Nemesis" that took place this past weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
To read the official report click here. Several of the fighters sustained serious injuries that will keep them on the shelf for some time.
For example, Soa Palelei broke his nose and fractured his eye orbital more than likely because he ate countless uppercuts from Eddie Sanchez during their heavyweight bout. In addition, reports indicate that Nate Mohr tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his knee thanks to a Manny Gamburyan submission hold.
Here's the full skinny:
Matt Hughes — He is suspended until January 29, 2008. No contact until January 20, 2008.
Chuck Liddell -- "The Iceman" is suspended until January 29, 2008, with a left eye laceration. No contact until January 20, 2008.
Wanderlei Silva -- "The Axe Murderer" is suspended until February 13, 2008, with a right eye laceration. No contact until January 29, 2008.
Soa Palelei -- "Hulk" must clear a nasal fracture and left orbital fracture with an ophthalmologist prior to returning to action or no contest until June 27, 2008.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou -- "The African Assassin" is suspended until February 13, 2008, with a laceration to his right eyebrow. No contact until January 29, 2008.
James Irvin -- "The Sandman" is suspended suspended until February 28, 2008. No contact until February 13, 2008.
Nate Mohr -- He is suspended until January 20, 2008, and there's no contact allowed until January 13. However, remember we stated above that Mohr tore his ACL. He won't be back for awhile.
Tony DeSouza -- He is on the shelf until January 29, 2008. No contact until January 20.
Doug Evans -- He must have his left thumb cleared by a physician or no contest until June 27, 2008. He must serve a minimum medical with contest until February 13 and no contact until January 29 because of a laceration to his left eyebrow.
Just a quick reminder: Fighters often return to action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases.
More than a few of these fighters, however, will require medical clearance prior to competing again.