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UFC 197 injuries and medical suspensions: Jon Jones faced with potential six-month sit

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Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) issued its list of injuries and medical suspensions on Tuesday for the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who participated in UFC 197, which took place last Sat. night (April 23, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

And there were a few hefty sentences.

Chief among them is interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who could be sat until October with a bum foot. The good news is, an X-Ray could clear him to compete for his planned title unification bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in July.

Elsewhere on the card, Ovince Saint Preux is looking at a fall return after busting up his arm (pic) in the five-round main event against "Bones," while Rafael Natal is getting some extra vacation time in defeat to Robert Whittaker thanks to a busted beak.

That's not all.

Here is the complete list of UFC 197 medical suspensions and corresponding injuries:

Jon Jones: Must have left foot X-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21
Ovince Saint Preux: Must have broken left ulna cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
Rafael Natal: Must have nasal fracture cleared by doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
Robert Whittaker: Must have right hand x-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 05/24, no contact until 05/15
Andre Fili: Must have left inferior orbital wall fracture cleared by oral, maxillofacial surgeon or ophthalmologist or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
Sergio Pettis: Must have right hand x-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21
Danny Roberts: Must have left foot cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
Glaico Franca: Must have ophthalmological exam; must also have nasal fracture cleared by doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/23, no contact until 06/08
Cody East: Must have nasal fracture cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
Walt Harris: Must have right hand x-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 05/24, no contact until 05/15
Henry Cejudo: Suspended until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
Clint Hester: Suspended until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
Anthony Pettis: Suspended until 05/24, no contact until 05/15 due to right eyebrow cut
Chris Kelades: Suspended until 05/24, no contact until 05/15 due to facial abrasions
Juliana Lima: Suspended until 05/24, no contact until 05/15
Dominique Steele: Needs yearly eye examination to follow possibility of glaucoma, due 03/22/17

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 197 weekend festivities click here.