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UFC 209 Medical Suspensions: Lacerations Sideline Multiple Fighters

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The UFC 209 medical suspensions have been announced following Saturday’s pay-per-view in Las Vegas and there is one main culprit leading to the lengthy lay-offs of multiple fighters.

That culprit is “lacerations,” with cuts to the to the knuckles, nose and tongue putting fighters out for a handful of weeks.

Stephen Thompson, who fell to welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the main event, is out until at least April 4 due to cuts to his head and eye. The lengthiest of the medical suspensions went to Mark Godbeer, Tyson Pedro and Luke Sanders, who all need medical clearance in order to return within the next six months.

The full list of UFC 209 medical suspensions can be seen below, via MMAjunkie.com:

  • Stephen Thompson: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to multiple lacerations (forehead, left eye)
  • David Teymur: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons
  • Landon Vannata: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to a right-cheek laceration
  • Rashad Evans: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 for precautionary reasons
  • Mark Hunt: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons
  • Luis Henrique: suspended until May 4 with no contact during training until April 4 due to multiple lacerations (left eyelid and left eyebrow)
  • Darren Elkins: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 due to multiple lacerations (right eyebrow and bridge of nose)
  • Mirsad Bektic: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons
  • Iuri Alcantara: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to lacerations near left ear and knuckles
  • Luke Sanders: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible left-hand injury; regardless, suspended and no contact during training until April 19
  • Mark Godbeer: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible right-hand injury; regardless, suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26
  • Daniel Spitz: no suspension but must have a follow-up MRI by Feb. 27, 2018
  • Tyson Pedro: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible right-hand injury; regardless, suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to a tongue laceration and left-eye swelling
  • Paul Craig: suspended until May 4 with no contact during training until April 4 due to a temporomandibular joint (jaw area) injury

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Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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