With no athletic commission to oversee the event, the UFC handles the medical suspensions and models its regulation practices in accordance with the standards set by Nevada and New Jersey.
With several bouts ending early (and violently), there were numerous fighters who were flagged follow up visits with their doctors, including Rob Broughton, who could be riding the pine for three months with a busted finger (or two).
But that's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC 138 injuries and their medical instructions (via MixedMartialArts.com):
Chris Cariaso; 7 days mandatory rest
Vaughan Lee; 7 days mandatory rest
Rob Broughton; 30 days no contest; 21 days no contact. 180 days no contest or negative x-ray of right index & middle finger; of positive cleared by doc
Philip De Fries; 7 days mandatory rest
Brad Pickett; 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact. 180 days no contest for lower back injury or cleared by physician
Renan Barao; 7 days mandatory rest
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 UFC 138 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.