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UFC 173 medical suspensions: Jake Ellenberger potentially out six months with orbital fracture

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Top-10 welterweight Jake Ellenberger and seven other fighters received six-month medical suspensions due to injuries sustained at UFC 173, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) informed MMAFighting.com on Wednesday.

Ellenberger suffered a significant orbital fracture injury during his main card bout against No. 1 contender Robbie Lawler at the pay-per-view event, which took place May 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Ellenberger will require clearance from an ophthalmologist for what has been termed a "left inferior wall blowout fracture," or otherwise be required to stay on the sidelines until late-November.

Along with Ellenberger, main card fighters Francisco Rivera and Jamie Varner, along with preliminary card fighters Michael Chiesa, Mitch Clarke, Al Iaquinta, Vinc Pichel and Sam Sicilia also received six-month medical suspensions due to injuries suffered during UFC 173. Varner's injury in particular was gruesome, as the rugged lightweight battled for essentially four minutes on a mangled left leg before doctors stopped his contest against James Krause.

In addition, the NSAC handed down modest suspensions to nine fighters, as former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao, Dan Henderson and Katsunori Kikuno all received 45-day sentences, while new UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, Takeya Mizugaki, Francisco Trinaldo, Anthony Njokuani, Jingliang Li and David Michaud all received suspensions of the 30-day variety.

A complete list of UFC 173's official medical suspensions can be seen below.

  • Jake Ellenberger: Requires left inferior wall blowout fracture cleared by ophthalmologist or no contest until 11/21; minimum no contest until 07/09, no contact until 06/24
  • Francisco Rivera: Requires right hand cleared by orthopedic physician or no contest until 11/21
  • Jamie Varner: Requires broken left leg cleared by orthopedic physician or no contest until 11/21
  • Michael Chiesa: Requires x-ray on left elbow, if positive then requires orthopedic physician clearance or no contest until 11/21
  • Mitch Clarke: Requires right elbow cleared by physician or no contest until 11/21
  • Al Iaquinta: Requires MRI of right knee, if positive then requires orthopedic physician clearance or no contest until 11/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/24, no contact until 06/15
  • Vinc Pichel: Requires left eye blow out fracture cleared by ophthalmologist or no contest until 11/21
  • Sam Sicilia: Requires x-ray on right hand, if positive then requires orthopedic physician clearance or no contest until 11/21
  • Renan Barao: Suspended until 07/09, no contact until 06/24
  • Dan Henderson: Suspended until 07/09, no contact until 06/24 due to lacerations on bridge of nose, left eyebrow and left ear
  • Katsunori Kikuno: Suspended until 07/09, no contact until 06/24 due to TKO and laceration on bridge of nose
  • T.J. Dillashaw: Suspended until 06/24, no contact until 06/15 due to right eyebrow laceration
  • Takeya Mizugaki: Suspended until 06/24, no contact until 06/15 due to cuts over both eyes
  • Francisco Trinaldo: Suspended until 06/24, no contact until 06/15 due to left cheek laceration
  • Anthony Njokuani: Suspended until 06/24, no contact until 06/15 due to possible corneal abrasion on left eye
  • Jingliang Li: Suspended until 06/24, no contact until 06/15 due to left eyebrow laceration
  • David Michaud: Suspended until 06/24, and no contact until 06/15

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