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UFC 188 injuries and medical suspensions: Fabricio Werdum, Eddie Alvarez facing six-month sits

Esther Lin

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around its UFC 188: "Velasquez vs. Werdum" pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Saturday night (June 13, 2015) inside Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.

There were no survivors, at least on the suspension front, as all 22 competitors were hit with mandatory seven-day suspensions.

In addition, a handful of combatants were issued lengthier suspensions depending on the injuries sustained during last weekend's event, which UFC then provided directly to In the absence of an athletic commission, UFC acts as its own governing body.

Clay Collard: Upper lip laceration; suspended 45 days (30 days no contact)
Alejandro Perez: Left infraorbital laceration; suspended 30 days (21 days no contact)
Henry Cejudo: Nasal laceration; suspended 30 days (21 days no contact)
Cain Velasquez: Left upper eyelid and right eyebrow; suspended 45 days (30 days no contact)
Gabriel Benitez: Suspended 180 days or clear right wrist/knee and left thumb/foot by Ortho
Francisco Trevino: Suspended 180 days or clear right knee by Ortho
Fabricio Werdum: Suspended 180 days or clear MRI of right knee and right thumb and nasal X-ray
Gilbert Melendez: Suspended 30 days (21 days no contact)
Eddie Alvarez: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by Ophthalmologist.

Just a quick reminder: Fighters often return to action much sooner 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 full results and live play-by-play of all the UFC 188 weekend festivities click here.

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