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UFC Belem medical suspensions: ‘Zombie Girl’ buried for six months, ‘Dragon’ grounded just 21 days

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UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko v Cachoeira Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC Fight Night 125 injuries and medical suspensions for those athletes competing at the “Machida vs. Anders” mixed martial arts (MMA) event last Sat. night (Feb. 3, 2018) from inside inside Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, were released on Monday by Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA).

Leading the list of mandatory timeouts, not surprisingly, is flyweight punching bag Priscila Cachoeira, who was left to die against Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event and as a result, will need six months to recover from a grievous knee injury.

Heavyweight hurter Timothy Johnson also drew 180 days for possible head trauma.

As for the main event attraction, both Lyoto Machida (21 days) and Eryk Anders (14 days) will be back to work sooner, rather than later, since they did more dancing than brawling in the FOX Sports 1 headliner (see it again here).

Full list of UFC Belem medical suspensions include:

Lyoto Machida: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact
Eryk Anders: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Valentina Shevchenko: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Priscila Cachoeira: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact or until cleared by orthopedist; if cleared, suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Michel Prazeres: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Desmond Green: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Timothy Johnson: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact or until cleared by otolaryngologist; if cleared, suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact
Marcelo Golm: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Douglas Silva de Andrade: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Marlon Vera: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact
Thiago Santos: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact
Anthony Smith: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Sergio Moraes: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Tim Means: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Alan Patrick: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Damir Hadzovic: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Polyana Viana: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Maia Stevenson: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact
Iuri Alcantara: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Joe Soto: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Deiveson Alcantara: suspended 14 days with 7 days no contact
Joseph Morales: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact

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 Belem weekend festivities click here.