Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to network television last weekend with the UFC on FOX 29: “Poirier vs. Gaethje” mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza, which took place last Sat. night (April 14, 2018) inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
And when people fight, people get hurt.
UFC on FOX 29 was headlined by lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, who continued his ascension up the 155-pound ladder by melting Justin Gaethje (replay). But that victory may come with a heavy price, at least in terms of his medical timeout.
Elsewhere on the card, Carlos Condit returned to action in the welterweight co-headliner, only to be mangled and strangled by 170-pound “Cowboy” Alex Oliveira (video). “The Natural Born Killer,” however, only needs 45 days to regroup.
Here is the complete list of UFC Fight Night 128 medical suspensions from Arizona Boxing & MMA Commission (via MMA Fighting):
Dustin Poirier: Suspended 180 days pending MRI on knee and medical clearance; regardless faces minimum 45-day suspension
Cortney Casey: Suspended 180 days unless medically cleared; regardless faces minimum 30-day suspension
Tim Boetsch: Suspended 180 days unless medically cleared; regardless faces minimum 30-day suspension
Ricky Rainey: Suspended 180 days unless medically cleared; regardless faces minimum 45-day suspension
John Moraga: Suspended 180 days unless medically cleared; regardless faces minimum 30-day suspension
Lauren Mueller: Suspended 180 days unless medically cleared; regardless faces minimum 30-day suspension
Krzysztof Jotko: Suspended 60 days due to knockout, hard bout
Justin Gaethje: Suspended 45 days due to TKO
Alex Oliveira: Suspended 45 days
Carlos Condit: Suspended 45 days
Marvin Vettori: Suspended 45 days
Antonio Carlos Junior: Suspended 45 days due to hard bout
Brad Tavares: Suspended 45 days
Daniel Moret: Suspended 45 days due to knockout
Matthew Lopez: Suspended 45 days due to TKO
Luke Sanders: Suspended 45 days
Patrick Williams: Suspended 45 days
Dhiego Lima: Suspended 30 days due to a hard bout
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 on FOX 29 weekend festivities click here.