UFC 155 medical suspensions: Boetsch, Belcher could face six months on sidelines

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Four UFC 155 fighters are facing medical suspensions of up to six months following possible injuries stemming from their Saturday night bouts.

The most notable of those names are middleweights Alan Blecher and Tim Boetsch, both of whom suffered high-profile defeats in bouts they were hoping to use to further establish themselves as contenders. Belcher lost to Yushin Okami by unanimous decision while Boetsch was TKO'd by Constantinos Philippou.

Belcher has multiple issues he will need to have cleared, or otherwise will face a suspension until June 28. The Nevada state athletic commission, which released the information to MMA Fighting, said Belcher must have his mandible X-rayed, and also must have an MRI or X-rays of his right knee. At minimum, Belcher is shelved until Feb. 28.

Boetsch apparently suffered a nasal fracture during his loss, and must be cleared by an ear, nose and throat doctor or sit on the sidelines until June 28.

The other two fighters looking at lengthy layoffs are Todd Duffee and Michael Johnson. Duffee, who defeated Phil De Fries in a first-round TKO, will have to have his left knee examined and cleared, otherwise face the same suspension until June 28.

Johnson will have to have his left hand checked out, and faces a suspension of the same length.

The entire list of UFC 155 medical suspensions is below.

Cain Velasquez: suspended until 2/13; no contact until 1/29
Junior dos Santos: suspended until 2/13; no contact until 1/29
Joe Lauzon: suspended until 2/28; no contact until 2/13
Tim Boetsch: suspended until 6/28 unless cleared; no contact until 1/29
Alan Belcher: suspended until 6/28 unless cleared; no contact until 2/28
Yushin Okami: suspended until 1/13; no contact until 1/9
Eddie Wineland: suspended until 1/29; no contact until 1/20
Brad Pickett: suspended until 1/20; no contact until 1/13
Byron Bloodworth: suspended until 2/28; no contact until 2/13
Jamie Varner: suspended until 2/28; no contact until 2/13
Melvin Guillard: suspended until 2/13; no contact until 1/29
Michael Johnson: suspended until 6/28 unless cleared; no contact until 1/13
Todd Duffee: suspended until 6/28 unless cleared; no contact 2/13
Philip De Fries: suspended until 1/20; no contact until 1/13
Leonard Garcia: suspended until 1/20; no contact until 1/13

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