The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today issued its list of medical suspensions for UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem," which took place on Fri., Dec. 30, 2011, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With several violent bouts on the card, including Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone kicking the crap out of each other for 15 minutes, there were quite a few fighters who were flagged for follow up visits to their doctors. Cheif among them is Diaz, who must be cleared by an ophthalmologist or he won't be allowed to return until June 28, 2012.
And he's the guy who won.
As for Cerrone, he's out until Feb. 14 due to a cut suffered to his lower lip. "Cowboy" is also under orders to avoid contact until Jan. 30. Considering his plans to go snowboarding, at least that contact won't come in training.
Not that it matters much now, considering he retired immediately after losing, but Brock Lesnar was hit with a long suspension, as he'll need to be cleared by a doctor or he's out until June. 28. That means if he changes his mind, he's going to have to visit his doctor first.
Alistair Overeem, the man who sent Brock into retirement, will ride the pine until Feb. 14 thanks to a small cut Lesnar opened above his eye.
But that's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC 141 injuries and their medical instructions:
Brock Lesnar: Suspended until 6/28/12 unless cleared by doctor for abdominal injury
Alistair Overeem: Suspended until 2/14/12 for cut on right eye, no contact until 1/30/12
Nate Diaz: Suspended until 6/28/12 unless cleared by ophthalmologist; minimum suspension until 1/30/12 for right eye injury, no contact until 1/21/12
Donald Cerrone: Suspended until 2/14/12 for cut on lower lip, no contact until 1/30/12
Jon Fitch: Suspended until 2/29/12, no contact until 2/14/12
Vladimir Matyushenko: Suspended until 6/28/12 unless cleared by orthopedic doctor for left knee; minimum suspension until 2/14/12, no contact until 1/30/12
Alexander Gustafsson: Suspended until 1/30/12 for right tibia contusion, no contact until 1/21/12
Nam Phan: Suspended until 2/29/12 for cut on right eyebrow, no contact until 2/14/12
Junior Assuncao: Suspended until 1/30/12 for cut on right cheer, no contact until 1/21/12
Dong Hyun Kim: Suspended until 1/30/12 for left foot contusion, no contact until 1/21/12
Manny Gamburyan: Suspended until 6/28/12 unless cleared by orthopedic doctor for right shoulder; minimum suspension until 1/30/12, no contact until 1/21/12
Diego Nunes: Suspended until 2/12/12 for cut above left eye, no contact until 1/30/12
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.
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