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'Injured' Anthony Pettis reacts to NSAC suspension following UFC 181: My hand is fine!

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis was suspended for six months by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) following his UFC 181 title defense against Strikeforce import Gilbert Melendez (watch it again here).

That's because "Showtime" was flagged for a potential hand injury after strangling "El Nino" in "Sin City," which got the mixed martial arts (MMA) universe all squirrely. Likely because Pettis has a history of being hurt and missing significant time inside the Octagon.

Much ado about nothing?

Post-fight medical suspensions are issued at face value; meaning, fighters are given cautionary time outs until they are able to follow-up with their personal physicians after the fact. In most cases, combatants are cleared for competition within a few days after competing.

In other cases ... not so much.

But you've heard it straight from the horse's mouth, so there is no reason to expect anything less than another four fights in 2015.


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