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UFC 178 medical suspensions and injuries: Cat Zingano facing six-month sit

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Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, it's time to find out who's worse for the wear following the carnage at UFC 178 this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Esther Lin

Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today issued its list of injuries and medical suspensions for the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who participated in UFC 178, which took place last Saturday night (Sept. 27, 2014) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

And there are a few hefty sentences.

Chief among them is Cat Zingano, who could be riding the pine for up to six months after smashing Amanda Nunes, unless she is able to get her back medically cleared by a physician. If not, her suspension could throw a monkey wrench into her plans for an upcoming Ronda Rousey title fight.

In addition, angry Tim Kennedy has been sat until next March -- unless cleared by his doctor -- for his exploding eye (pic here). At least he'll have company in the form of Stephen Thompson and Jon Tuck, who also garnered six-month sits after going to battle in "Sin City."

That's not all.

Here is the full list of UFC 178 injuries and medical suspensions:

Eddie Alvarez: Suspended 45 days (30 days no contact) for precautionary reasons
Dustin Poirier: Suspended 45 days (30 days no contact) for precautionary reasons
Yoel Romero: Suspended 45 days (30 days no contact) for left eyebrow laceration
Tim Kennedy: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by ophthalmologist or plastic surgeon for left orbital inferior blow out fracture. Minimum suspension 45 days (30 days no contact)
Amanda Nunes: Suspended 45 days (30 days no contact) for left eyebrow laceration 
Cat Zingano: Suspended 180 days unless medically cleared for possible back injury
Takeya Mizugaki: Suspended 60 days (45 days no contact) for precautionary reasons
James Krause: Suspended 30 days (21 days no contact) for precautionary reasons
Stephen Thompson: Suspended 180 days unless right eye cleared by an ophthalmologist and right hand x-rayed and cleared by an orthopedic doctor
Patrick Cote: Suspended 30 days (21 days no contact) for precautionary reasons
Jon Tuck: Suspended 180 days unless right shoulder and right foot cleared by doctor
Cody Gibson: Suspended 30 days (21 days no contact) for precautionary reasons

Again, 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. In addition, not all injuries are recorded during the post-fight examination and often times surface in follow-up tests.

For a complete wrap up of all the UFC 178 weekend festivities click here.