The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) today issued its list of medical suspensions for the Strikeforce: "Diaz vs. Noons II" event that took place this past Saturday night (Oct. 9) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
With several of the bouts ending early (and violently), there were a handful of fighters who were flagged follow up visits with their doctors.
Chief among them is K.J. Noons, who took a lickin' and kept on tickin' against bitter rival Nick Diaz in their five round war for the welterweight strap. "King Karl" needs a few black and whites of his mandible before the docs green light his return.
Also getting benched for some in-cage punishment was the venerable Josh Thomson. "The Punk" suffered a possible knee injury and hand fracture from the onslaught of lightweight foe Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, who also got slapped with a mandatory vacation for trauma to his rotator cuff.
But that's not all.
Here is the complete list of Strikeforce: "Diaz vs. Noons II" injuries and their medical instructions:
Luis Mendoza: Suspended 45 days (30 days no contact) for precautionary reasons.
Jess Bouscal defeated Mendoza by Anaconda choke Round 2: 3:00
David Marshall: Suspended 60 days (60 days no contact) for two facial lacerations unless cleared by a physician.
Terry defeated Marshall by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-26
Andre Galvao: Suspended 45 days (30 days no contact) for precautionary reasons.
Tyron Woodley defeated Galvao by KO Round 1: 1:48
Josh Thomson: Suspended 180 days (180 days no contact) for possible right hand fracture and left knee injury unless cleared by a physician. Minimum suspension of 60 days (60 days no contact) for left and right side head lacerations unless cleared by a physician.
Gesias Cavalcante: Suspended 180 days (180 days no contact) for possible rotator cuff tear unless cleared by an orthopedic doctor.
Thomson defeated Cavalcante by unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 29-28
K.J. Noons: Suspended 180 days (180 days no contact) for left thumb fracture and left mandible fracture unless cleared by a physician.
Nick Diaz: Suspended 60 days (60 days no contact) for multiple facial lacerations.
Diaz defeated Noons by unanimous decision 48-47, 49-46, 49-46
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.