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UFC 187 medical suspensions: Vitor Belfort, Andrei Arlovski, Travis Browne get six-month sentences

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

John Makdessi won't be the only one sidelined for an extended length of time due to injuries suffered this past weekend. In addition to Makdessi, five other fighters received substantial medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC 187, including championship headliners Daniel Cormier and Vitor Belfort, plus ‘Fight of the Night' winners Andrei Arlovski and Travis Browne, according to information released to MMAFighting.com by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

UFC 187 took place May 23 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson to claim the vacant UFC light heavyweight title in the night's featured bout, while Chris Weidman finished Belfort inside the first round to defend his middleweight title in the co-main event.

Cormier (follow-up MRI), Belfort (right shoulder), Makdessi (broken jaw), Arlovski (left shoulder) and Browne (nasal fracture) will all be required to seek medical clearance for various injuries or be withheld from competition until November.

Nina Ansaroff, whose fight with Rose Namajunas was cancelled the day of the event due to flu-like symptoms, will also be required to seek medical clearance or be held out until Nov. 20.

A complete list of UFC 187's medical suspensions can be found below.

  • Vitor Belfort: Requires right shoulder to be cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until Nov. 20; minimum suspension no contest until July 7, no contact until June 23
  • John Makdessi: Requires broken jaw to be cleared by doctor or no contest until Nov. 20; minimum suspension no contest until July 7, no contact until June 23
  • Andrei Arlovski: Requires MRI of left shoulder; if positive then clearance required by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until Nov. 20
  • Travis Browne: Requires nasal fracture cleared by doctor or no contest until Nov. 20; minimum suspension no contest until July 22, no contact until July 7
  • Nina Ansaroff: Required to be cleared by doctor before next or no contest until Nov. 20
  • Daniel Cormier: Requires follow-up MRI with and without contrast in six months, due Nov. 1
  • Anthony Johnson: Suspended until July 7, no contact until June 23 due to left eyebrow laceration
  • Chris Weidman: Suspended until July 7, no contact until June 23 due to left eyebrow laceration
  • John Moraga: Suspended until July 7, no contact until June 23 due to scalp laceration
  • Colby Covington: Suspended until July 7, no contact until June 23 due to left eyebrow laceration
  • Rafael Natal: Suspended until June 23, no contact until June 14 due to right eyebrow laceration
  • Mike Pyle: Suspended until June 23, no contact until June 14
  • Leo Kuntz: Suspended until June 23, no contact until June 14
  • Josh Sampo: Suspended until June 23, no contact until June 14
  • Justin Scoggins: Suspended until June 23, no contact until June 14 due to left eyebrow laceration

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