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UFC 177 medical suspensions: Joe Soto potentially out six months with fractured hand

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

By surviving nearly five rounds with the champion despite having little more than a day to prepare, bantamweight newcomer Joe Soto made quite an impression on fight fans at UFC 177. Unfortunately, though, it may be his last one for a while, as Soto's 180-day suspension led the California State Athletic Commission's UFC 177 post-fight medical suspension report.

Soto, a UFC rookie who picked his spots and, at times, gave as good as he got before succumbing to a fifth-round TKO loss at the hands of champ T.J. Dillashaw, could now be sidelined for upwards of half a year after suffering a possible fracture in his right hand, as well as a concurrent 60-day suspension due to a laceration on his nose. Soto will also be required to undergo a precautionary ophthalmology exam before being allowed to return to competition.

Aside from Soto, five other fighters received extended post-fight suspensions due to injuries sustained at UFC 177, the most notable of whom was Danny Castillo. The Team Alpha Male veteran, who lost a contentious split decision to Tony Ferguson in Saturday night's co-main event, may be required to sit out for 180 days as well due to a potential fracture in his right thumb.

UFC 177 took place August 30, 2014 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The complete post-fight medical suspension report can be seen below.

  • Joe Soto: suspended 180 days, no contact 180 days due to potential right hand fracture; suspended 60 days, no contact 60 days due to nose laceration; can return early pending physician clearance; regardless suspended 45 days, no contact 30 days, requires ophthalmology exam for precautionary reasons
  • Danny Castillo: suspended 180 days; no contact 180 days due to potential right thumb fracture, can return early pending physician clearance
  • Tony Ferguson: suspended 60 days; no contact 60 days due to right eyebrow laceration, can return early pending physician clearance
  • Shayna Baszler: suspended 45 days; no contact 30 days
  • Ramsey Nijem: suspended 45 days; no contact 30 days
  • Damon Jackson: suspended 45 days; no contact 30 days, required to undergo neurological exam for precautionary reasons
  • Ruan Potts: suspended 45 days; no contact 30 days
  • Cain Carrizosa: suspended 45 days; no contact 30 days