Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 medical suspensions and injuriesfrom NSAC for June 20 event

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today issued its list of medical suspensions for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale," which took place on Saturday, June 20, from "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Despite eating more than his fair share of Diego Sanchez knuckle sandwiches, Clay Guida -- who was bloodied and beaten, but still bouncing wanting more when his 15 minutes were up -- somehow escaped with a rather light suspension that will keep him on the sidelines until mid August.

His opponent, Sanchez, on the other hand is free to compete again as soon as he wants. However, it more than likely won't happen until the winner of the bout between UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn and number one division contender, Kenny Florian, is determined at UFC 101: "Declaration" in about eight weeks.

The only other notable (or lengthy) suspensions are lightweight Brad Blackburn and welterweight Kevin Burns. Both fighters went the distance in their respective bouts and were unable to escape injury-free, forcing them out of action until December unless physicians provide them with clearance to return sooner.

Here is the complete list of TUF 9 Finale injuries and their medical instructions:

  • Clay Guida: Suspended until Aug. 15 and no contact until July 21
  • Kevin Burns: Minimum suspension until Aug. 15 and no contact until July 21; Must have his right hand cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until Dec. 18
  • Andre Winner: Suspended until July 21 and no contact until July 12 because of a left cheek laceration
  • Brad Blackburn: Minimum suspension until Aug. 15 and no contact until July 21; Must have his right shoulder cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until Dec. 18
  • Edgar Garcia: Suspended until July 21 and no contact until July 12 because of a right eyebrow cut
  • Mike Ciesnolevicz: Suspended until July 21 and no contact until July 12
  • Frank Lester: Suspended until July 21 and no contact until July 12
  • Jason Dent: Must have right knee cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until July 21; No contact until July 12

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.

For complete results and coverage of "Sanchez vs. Guida" click here and here.

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