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UFC 231 medical suspensions are in, and in what should be no great surprise, a couple fighters got potentially lengthy ones. Brian Ortega, who took a record-breaking beatdown at the hands of Max Holloway, is suspended for 180 days or until medically cleared. Jimi Manuawa is suspended 60 days, and Alex Oliveira is suspended 30 days; both need medical clearance.
The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 231, originally reported by MMAFighting.com, include:
Max Holloway: Suspended 30 days
Brian Ortega: Suspended 180 days or until medically cleared
Valentina Shevchenko: Suspended 30 days
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Suspended 30 days
Gunnar Nelson: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance
Alex Oliveira: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance
Hakeem Dawodu: Suspended 14 days
Kyle Bochniak: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance
Thiago “Marreta” Santos: Suspended 14 days
Jimi Manuwa: Suspended 60 days and needs medical clearance
Nina Ansaroff: Suspended 14 days and needs medical clearance
Claudia Gadelha: Suspended 14 days
Gilbert Burns: Suspended 14 days
Olivier Aubin-Mercier: Suspended 14 days
Jessica Eye: Suspended 30 days
Katlyn Chookagian: Suspended 30 days
Elias Theodorou: Suspended 30 days
Eryk Anders: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance
Brad Katona: Suspended 14 days
Matthew Lopez: Suspended 30 days
Dhiego Lima: Suspended 14 days
Chad Laprise: Suspended 180 days or until medically cleared
Diego Ferreira: Suspended 14 days
Kyle Nelson: Suspended 60 days
Aleksandar Rakic: Suspended 14 days
Devin Clark: Suspended 60 days and needs medical clearance
This meme by Ben Askren made me chuckle.
Elias Theodorou goin’ nowhere, goin’ nowhere ...
Katlyn Chookagian explains how you know who your true friends are:
When you win you get hundreds of texts.. when you lose you get 10... those 10 people are the real ones— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) December 9, 2018
Conor McGregor congratulates Max Holloway on his win.
Thank you Chael. I was very happy to see Max return healthy and sharp in there the other night. Great win. https://t.co/O9e2lMSD8Q— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 9, 2018
Some McGregor tweets are much less coherent.
But it’s so tasty it makes me rub my belly and go yum yum.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 9, 2018
And sometimes nom nom too. https://t.co/zlFufbDHVA
Johnny Walker is back in action against Justin Ledet, which sounds like a good slow build for the Brazilian.
Brian Ortega has nothing if not heart.
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When we arrived at the hospital, the first thing you said was “I’m sorry.” My brother, you have nothing to be sorry about. You came from nothing and you competed on the highest level against one of the best p4p fighter’s in the world. For four rounds, you took his best shots, but you never went down and you never stopped firing back. The heart you displayed last night could never be taught, and I’ve never been so proud to be your coach, your friend and your fan. You didn’t fail, Max prevailed. And if it was ever possible to win in defeat, you did it last night. I love you bro.
I love how Tony Ferguson put the same words in the caption of his Instagram post as were in the screencap. Also, this would be one insane fight, but I want to see Ferguson vs. Poirier first.
I would prefer Holloway stay at featherweight if he can, but I’ll watch him fight anywhere.
Gunnar Nelson is one cold fighter
Some photoshop work of the Blessed One, Max Holloway.
This is a great idea from Angela Hill.
How about 50k everytime there’s a finish? Everyone would be trying to murder each other, it’d be awesome. #UFC231— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) December 9, 2018
It’s always interesting to see what weight fighters actually weigh when they step into the cage to face each other.
By comparison, light heavyweight Thiago Santos weighed 218 lbs tonight. https://t.co/pxvC95NqLB— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 9, 2018
Ben Henderson tried out a new cup
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I had to do a couple of takes for this cause Alex’s aim was off a couple of times, but then I had to put my foot down & say no more!!! (I think he was doing it on purpose to get free nut shots on me)... @diamondmma #DiamondMMACupCheck #ShotsToTheGroinForAwareness Also be sure to check out my latest interview w/ @theguyreview https://theguyreview.com/2018/11/benson-smooth-henderson-a-modern-day-renaissance-man-champion/
Oh, that’s it then. No more scrutiny or criticism, the boss man said so. We will all shut up and accept his wise decision now.
Dana White no longer wishes to discuss the Greg Hardy situation.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 8, 2018
"He's on the UFC roster. Period. End of story" pic.twitter.com/3s8DvzG7I7
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Some really remarkable stuff went down this weekend.
Firstly, Vasyl Lomachenko is a god among boxers
Speaking of excellent boxing combinations...
Yoooo this looks deadass like a combo from Fight Night Round 3. homie ate a six piece combo with biscuits. pic.twitter.com/yFvIZupO32— MacMally (@MacMallyMMA) December 10, 2018
Max Holloway is becoming a truly remarkable boxer in his own right
Sometimes things get wild
Rakic may be a hot prospect at 205 but he got wild and sloppy here. Still, aggression is good to see on any young gun.
Aleksandar Rakić (11-1) is now 3-0 in the UFC, overcoming early adversity to drop Devin Clark with a backfist! The first-round finish boosts the Austrian's win streak to 11 (nine finishes). #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/dC4IfL7R6M— Tanuki Usman (@Hamderlei) December 8, 2018
When was the last time you saw a triangle choke with no arm in?
This one was slick too- the definition of tying someone up in knots
A gogoplata will always make a ‘cool submissions’ list
awesome gogoplata by Hernani Perpetuo (Shoto Brasil) pic.twitter.com/anEwmNpQpF— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 10, 2018
Wild, if true
Reddit is mostly bad but the other day I learned on that website that the Menendez Brothers are in the background of this basketball card and that logistically this would be between when they killed their parents and when they were arrested and I cannot stop thinking about it. pic.twitter.com/fMb5ugLX2m— John Rosenberger (@JohnJohnPhenom) December 8, 2018
This is a funny prank