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UFC 148 Aftermath: 6-Month Medical Suspension for Mark Munoz
One of the UFC headliners to have medical suspension along with other 10 MMA fighters was Mark Munoz. This was according to California State Athletic Commission due to Munoz’s injuries against his fight with Chris Weidman. The 6 months suspension was supported by serious injuries of Munoz from lacerations to a fractured jaw that resulted from the TKO on second round. Nonetheless, getting clearance from his doctor may suggest an early comeback for Munoz.
Notable Medical Suspensions
Another headliner for having medical suspension is James Te Huna who also received the same length of absence like Munoz. He suffered fractures of left foot and left elbow after fighting Joey Beltran. On the other hand, Beltran will only out of the cage for 60 days because of 3 facial lacerations he received after his fight with Te Huna. Other fighters noted for having suspensions were lightweight division fighter Anthony Njokuani following a loss against Rafael dos Anjos. Njokuani received the 6-month medical suspension due to his fractured hand.
Other Medical Suspensions
Below is the part of the official medical suspension report from UFC:
- Aaron Simpson – suspended for 2 months due to lacerations on right orbit, upper right lip, or pending clearance from physician.
- Kenny Robertson – suspended for 2 months due to laceration on right scalp of pending clearance from physician.
- Josh Ferguson – suspended for 2 months due to laceration on right orbit or clearance from physician.
- Andrew Craig – suspended for 2 months due to laceration on left eyebrow or pending clearance from physician.
- Rafael Natal – suspended for 1 ½ months, no physical contact for 1 month.
- Issei Tamura – suspended for 1 ½ months, no physical contact for 1 month.
Take note that fighters can return to action earlier than expected provided that doctors give them the signal of full recovery to continue or begin their training. Long-term suspensions are usually given as precaution.