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UFC 137 medical suspensions and injuries for 'Penn vs Diaz' in Las Vegas

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today issued its list of medical suspensions for UFC 137: "Penn vs. Diaz," which took place on Sat., Oct. 29, 2011, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

With several bouts ending early (and violently), there were numerous fighters who were flagged follow up visits with their doctors, including Brandon Vera, who nearly had his arm torn off in a unanimous decision win over Eliot Marshall.

"The Truth" is, he'll be riding the pine until an orthopedic doctor clears him to return.

Also getting a mandatory vacation was Bart Palaszewski, who may have busted up his right hand in his knockout victory over Tyson Griffin, who won't see action until after he finishes his Thanksgiving turkey.

But that's not all.

Here is the complete list of UFC 137 injuries and their medical instructions:

Nick Diaz: Suspended until 11/29/11, no contact until 11/20/11 (precautionary reasons)
B.J. Penn: Suspended until 12/29/11, no contact until 12/14/11 (precautionary reasons)
Matt Mitrione: Suspended until 12/14/11, no contact until 11/29/11 (precautionary reasons)
Mirko Filipovic: Suspended until 12/14/11, no contact until 11/29/11 (precautionary reasons)
George Roop: Suspended until 12/14/11, no contact until 11/29/11 (lacerations)
Dennis Siver: Suspended until 12/14/11, no contact until 11/29/11 (precautionary reasons)
Bart Palaszewski: Palaszewski must have right hand X-rayed. If positive, must have orthopedic doctor's clearance. Minimum suspension until 12/14/11, no contact until 11/29/11 (lacerations)
Tyson Griffin: Suspended until 12/14/11, no contact until 11/29/11 (precautionary reasons)
Brandon Vera: Vera must have left elbow injury (torn ligament) cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until 4/28/12. Minimum suspension until 12/14/11, no contact until 11/29/11.
Danny Downes: Suspended until 11/29/11, no contact until 11/20/11 (lacerations)

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