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UFC Mexico City injuries, medical suspensions: Jeremy Stephens hit with six-month sit following eye poke

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UFC Fight Night 159 injuries and medical suspensions for the athletes who competed at the “Rodriguez vs Stephens”-led event this past weekend (Sat., Sept. 21, 2019) from inside Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico, have been revealed (via mixedmartialarts.com). After a violent night of fights, several lengthy suspensions were issued, which of course were spearheaded by Jeremy Stephens, who was tagged with a six-month sit after he was the recipient of an eye poke from Yair Rodriguez.

The inadvertent poke caused a deep bruise and abrasion, forcing officials to rule the fight a “No Contest” just 15 seconds into the main event. Of course, Stephens will likely be cleared much sooner, which is great for him as he wants to run it back as soon as possible to prove that not only is he the better fighter, but that he wasn’t looking for a way out of the bout.

Take a look at the rest of UFC Fight Night 159’s injuries and suspensions:

— Yair Rodriguez suspended seven days for mandatory rest.
— Jeremy Stephens suspended 180 days or cleared by ophthalmologist due to corneal abrasion.
— Carla Esparza suspended 180 days or cleared by nasal x-ray, 30 day minimum.
— Alexa Grasso suspended 30 days.
— Brandon Moreno suspended 30 days for right eye swelling.
— Askar Askarov suspended 30 days.
— Irene Aldana suspended 180 days or until cleared by nasal x-ray, 30 day minimum.
— Vanessa Melo suspended 30 days.
— Steven Peterson suspended seven days for mandatory rest.
— Martin Bravo suspended 60 days for knockout (CT scan was negative), and 45 days no contact.
— Jose Alberto Quinonez suspended 30 days for right foot soreness.
— Carlos Huachin suspended seven days for mandatory rest.
— Polo Reyes suspended for 180 days for technical knockout or cleared by neurologist, 45 day minimum, and 30 days no contact.
— Angela Hill suspended seven days for mandatory rest.
— Ariane Carnelossi suspended 180 days or cleared by nasal x-ray, 30 day minimum for left brow laceration.
— Sergio Pettis suspended for seven days.
— Tyson Nam suspended for 30 days.
— Paul Craig suspended for seven days.
— Vinicius Moreira suspended for 30 days.
— Bethe Correia suspended for 60 days, 45 days no contact.
— Sijara Eubanks suspended for 60 days, 45 days no contact.
— Claudio Puelles suspended for 30 days and 21 days no contact.
— Marcos Rosas Mariano suspended for 30 days.

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 complete UFC Mexico City results and coverage click here.