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UFC on FOX 7 injuries and medical suspensions: Nate Diaz gets two months off, Daniel Cormier earns six

When people fight, they often get hurt. Find out how long each of the competitors from last weekend's UFC on FOX 7 event will be riding the pine after several violent endings in San Jose's "Shark Tank."


The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) today issued its list of medical suspensions for UFC on FOX 7: "Henderson vs. Melendez," which took place last Saturday night (April 20, 2013) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

With several of the bouts ending by way of knockout or technical knockout, there were quite a few fighters who were flagged for follow up visits to their doctors. In fact, all 24 of the night's competitors were suspended in one form or another.

Some more than others.

That includes Ramsey Nijem, who could be out for up to six months after having his brains scrambled by Myles Jury on the preliminary card. Even if he's cleared to compete, the CSAC has benched him for 45 days -- no exceptions.

Also getting the long-term layoff is Daniel Cormier, thanks to a bum index finger suffered in his unanimous decision win over Frank Mir, who needs just seven days to recuperate after getting mugged and slugged for three rounds. Jordan Mein, Chad Mendes and Jorge Masvidal also join the six-month club.

Here is the complete list of UFC on FOX 7 medical suspensions and injuries:

Suspended seven days (precautionary reasons):

Ben Henderson
Gilbert Melendez
Frank Mir
Josh Thomson
Francis Carmont
Lorenz Larkin
Tim Means
T.J. Dillashaw
Anthony Njokuani
Yoel Romero

Suspended 45 days (30 days no contact):

Darren Elkins
Darren Uyenoyama
Hugo Viana
Roger Bowling (must have neurological exam)
Clifford Starks
Ramsey Nijem (minimum -- no early clearance permitted)
Jordan Mein

Suspended 60 days (60 days no contact) pending physician's clearance:

Joseph Benavidez (broken tooth and laceration to right eyebrow)
Nate Diaz (facial lacerations to nose and cheek)
Myles Jury (laceration to right eyebrow and cheek)
Matt Brown (laceration to right eyebrow)
Jorge Masvidal (scalp lacerations)
Jordan Mein (nose laceration)

Suspended 180 days (180 days no contact) pending physician's clearance:

Ramsey Nijem (head trauma)
Jorge Masvidal (right thumb fracture)
Jordan Mein (possible left jaw and right orbital fracture)
Daniel Cormier (swollen right middle finger)
Chad Mendes (possible right index finger fracture)

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 on FOX 7 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.