WEC 42 medical suspensions: Brian Bowles breaks hand, could be out until 2010

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently issued its list of medical suspensions for WEC 42: "Torres vs. Bowles," which took place on Sunday, Aug. 9, from "The Joint" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In all, 12 of the 22 athletes who competed on the card have been sidelined by the commission's doctors, including brand new bantamweight champion Brian Bowles, who suffered a broken left hand during his title-capturing first round win over Miguel Torres in the main event.

It's possible that he could be out for the rest of the 2009 fight season unless a physician clears him to return sooner.

Torres will also have to sit out for a while following the brutal knockout. He'll be out of action for up to two months and will have to avoid any contact in training for the next six weeks.

Here is the complete list of WEC 42 injuries and their medical instructions:

  • Brian Bowles: Suspended until Feb. 6 or must have left hand cleared by an orthopedic doctor first
  • Miguel Torres: Suspended until Oct. 9 and no contact until Sept. 24
  • Danny Castillo: Suspended until Feb. 6 or must have left hand and left knee cleared by an orthopedic doctor first
  • Ricardo Lamas: Suspended until Sept. 9 and no contact until Aug. 31
  • Leonard Garcia: Suspended until Sept. 9 and no contact until Aug. 31 because of a left orbital laceration
  • Cole Province: Suspended until Aug. 31 and no contact until Aug. 24 because of lacerations on his nose
  • Shane Roller: Suspended until Aug. 31 and no contact until Aug. 24 because of a left eyelid laceration.
  • Marcus Hicks: Suspended until Sept. 9 and no contact until Aug. 31
  • Phil Cardella: Suspended until Aug. 31 and no contact until Aug. 24 because of lacerations on his nose
  • Diego Nunes: Suspended until Oct. 9 and no contact until Sept. 24
  • Rafael Dias: Suspended until Aug. 31 and no contact until Aug. 24 because of lacerations on his nose.
  • LC Davis: Suspended until Feb. 6 unless cleared by an ophthalmologist after Aug. 31 with absolutely no contact until Aug. 24.

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 WEC 42 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.

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