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Bellator 165 medical suspensions: Michael Chandler, Benson Henderson both out 180 days

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and former UFC titleholder Benson Henderson highlighted a lengthy list of 10 fighters to receive extended medical suspensions in the aftermath of Bellator 165. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) released the event's medical suspension list to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.

Chandler and Henderson engaged in a grueling war or attrition in Bellator 165's main event, which ended with Chandler defending his lightweight title on the back of a narrow split decision victory over Henderson. Both men will now be required to sit out for upwards of 180 days, pending physician clearance, with Chandler sidelined due to a potential right fibular fracture and Henderson out due to a potential right ankle fracture.

In addition to Chandler and Henderson, eight other fighters received similarly lengthy medical suspensions: Sheila Padilla (180 days, fractured nose), Nick Pica (180 days, right wrist fracture), Dominic Sumner (180 days, right fourth metacarpal fracture), J.J. Okanovich (180 days, fractured nose), Luis Vargas (180 days, hyperextended right elbow), Justin Baesman (60 days, left eyelid laceration), Beau Hamilton (60 days, scalp laceration), and Cesar Gonzalez (60 days, left eye and scalp lacerations).

Bellator 165 took place Nov. 19 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The night's main event aired live on Spike TV.

A complete list of Bellator 165's medical suspensions can be seen below.

  • Michael Chandler: 180 day medical suspension for right fibular fracture, must be cleared by physician; 60 day medical suspension for hard bout and right eyelid laceration, 45 days no contact
  • Benson Henderson: 180 day medical suspension for right ankle fracture, must be cleared by physician
  • Sheila Padilla: 180 day medical suspension for fractured nose, must be cleared by physician; 45 day medical suspension due to KO, 30 days no contact
  • Nick Pica: 180 day medical suspension for right wrist fracture, must be cleared by physician; 45 day mandatory suspension for KO, 30 days no contact
  • Dominic Sumner: 180 day medical suspension for right fourth metacarpal fracture, must be cleared by physician
  • J.J. Okanovich: 180 day medical suspension for fractured nose, must be cleared by physician
  • Luis Vargas: 180 day medical suspension for hyperextended right elbow, must be cleared by physician; 60 day medical suspension for cut lip, must be cleared by physician.
  • Justin Baesman: 60 day medical suspension for left eyelid laceration.
  • Beau Hamilton: 60 day medical suspension for scalp laceration
  • Cesar Gonzalez: 60 day medical suspension for left eye and scalp lacerations
  • Brandon Girtz: 45 day medical suspension for hard bout, 30 days no contact
  • Kevin Ferguson Jr.: 45 day medical suspension for exhaustion and dizziness, 30 days no contact; fighter had to be transported by ambulance to hospital after fight, must be cleared by physician
  • Carrington Banks: 45 day medical suspension for hard bout, 30 days no contact
  • Justin Roswell: 45 day mandatory suspension for TKO, 30 days no contact
  • Danasabe Mohammed: 45 day medical suspension for hard bout, 40 days no contact
  • Steve Ramirez: 45 day mandatory rest due to KO, 30 days no contact
  • Victor Jones: 45 day mandatory suspension for TKO, 30 days no contact; fighter had to be transported by ambulance to hospital due to nausea and severe dehydration, concern for cardiac vs. vasovagal
  • Michael Page: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Fernando Gonzalez: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Adam Piccolotti: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Keri-Anne Taylor-Melendez: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Linton Vassell: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Francis Carmont: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Aaron Hamilton: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Jake Roberts: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Diego Herzog: 7 day mandatory rest
  • James Terry: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Dwight Grant: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Sarah D'Alelio: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Jaimelene Nievera: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Jeremiah Labiano: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Vince Murdock: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Alvin Cacdac: 7 day mandatory rest
  • Hugo Lujan: 7 day mandatory rest