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Chuck Liddell suspended indefinitely following knockout loss to Tito Ortiz

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It’s too bad they didn’t suspend Chuck Liddell indefinitely before his knockout loss to Tito Ortiz, but hey, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) is running a business and the recently-unemployed “Iceman” is trying to earn a living.

If Liddell, 48, plans to fight again, he’ll need to apply for reinstatement in “The Golden State,” because as a general rule, stateside commissions practice reciprocity, so what stands in California is law just about everywhere else.

Here is the complete list of injuries and medical suspensions for those fighters competing at the inaugural Golden Boy MMA pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Inglewood, courtesy of our friends at MMA Fighting.

Chuck Liddell: Suspended indefinitely, see California commission; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to KO loss

Tito Ortiz: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left shoulder, left knee

Efrain Escudero: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to right hand

Gleison Tibau: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for laceration to left eyelid; recommend fight weight of at least 165lbs.

Walel Watson: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to KO loss

Abert Morales: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to hard bout

Joe Roye: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left foot #5 digital toe

Craig Wilkerson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left leg, left eardrum; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to hard bout

Dave Terrel: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to right jaw; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to hard bout

With the exception of Liddell, most of the above fighters will be able to return to combat sports action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases.

Both CSAC and promoter Oscar de la Hoya came under fire for allowing Liddell to compete. While “The Iceman” passed his medicals, it was clear once the action got underway that the once-great light heavyweight champion had no business being inside the cage, where he suffered his fourth straight knockout loss.

And to quote UFC President Dana White (of all people), “Told ya’ so.”