Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the FOX Sports 1 network last Saturday night (Sept. 24, 2016) for the UFC Fight Night 96: "Lineker vs. Dodson" mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place inside Moda Center in Portland, Oregon (full results and play-by-play here).
As with most combat sports events, athletes tend to get hurt when they're repeatedly punched (and kicked) in the face. So it should come as no surprise to learn that Oregon State Athletic Commission flagged not just a few, but all combatants who participated, for injuries sustained inside the Octagon. Chief among them is former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion, Will Brooks, who is quite "Ill" after running into an overweight "scumbag" this weekend (watch highlights here). Indeed, Brooks -- who claims he broke his rib in the first round of his co-main event against Alex Oliveira -- will be on the shelf indefinitely until a physician clears him to return to training.
Seems like he'll have time for more than just one tasty libation.
Anyway, check out the full list of UFC Fight Night 96 injuries, as well as their corresponding medical suspensions and instructions (courtesy of MMA Junkie) below:
John Lineker: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
John Dodson: Suspended seven days
Alex Oliviera: Suspended seven days
Will Brooks: Suspended indefinitely pending emergency room documentation and physical clearance
Zak Ottow: Suspended seven days
Josh Burkman: Suspended seven days
Brandon Moreno: Suspended seven days
Louis Smolka: Suspended seven days
Luis Henrique da Silva: Suspended seven days
Joachim Christensen: Suspended 30 days
Andre Fili: Suspended 14 days
Hacran Dias: Suspended seven days
Shamil Abdurakhimov: Suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Walt Harris: Suspended seven days
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: Suspended seven days
Keita Nakamura: Suspended seven days
Nate Marquardt: Suspended seven days
Tamdan McCrory: Suspended 60 days
Ion Cutelaba: Suspended 28 days
Jonathan Wilson: Suspended 30 days
Curtis Blaydes: Suspended 14 days
Cody East: Suspended 45 days
Ketlen Vieira: Suspended seven days
Kelly Faszholz: Suspended seven days
There you have it.
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: "Portland" weekend festivities click here.