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UFC 197 medical suspensions: Jon Jones receives potential six-month suspension, needs foot x-ray

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The casualty list for UFC 197 is a long one, and Jon Jones sits atop it.

Jones headlined a list of 10 fighters who received potential six-month medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC 197, according to information released to MMA Fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday.

The news could be significant for Jones, depending on the outcome of a left foot x-ray requested by the commission.

Jones, the interim UFC light heavyweight champion, is expected to headline UFC 200 on July 9 opposite Daniel Cormier. If his x-ray comes back negative, Jones will be free to fight on the seminal card. However if his x-ray comes back positive, Jones will have no choice but to receive orthopedic doctor's clearance or sit on the sidelines for upwards of six months.

In addition to Jones, nine other fighters received potential six-month suspensions for injuries sustained during UFC 197: Ovince Saint Preux (broken left ulna), Rafael Natal (nasal fracture), Robert Whittaker (right hand), Andre Fili (inferior orbital wall fracture), Sergio Pettis (right hand), Danny Roberts (left foot), Glaico Franca (nasal fracture), Cody East (nasal fracture), and Walt Harris (right hand).

UFC 197 took place April 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Jones defeated Saint Preux via unanimous decision to capture the UFC interim light heavyweight title in the night's main event.

A complete list of UFC 197's medical suspensions can be seen below.

  • Jon Jones: Must have left foot x-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21
  • Ovince Saint Preux: Must have broken left ulna cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
  • Rafael Natal: Must have nasal fracture cleared by doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
  • Robert Whittaker: Must have right hand x-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 05/24, no contact until 05/15
  • Andre Fili: Must have left inferior orbital wall fracture cleared by oral, maxillofacial surgeon or ophthalmologist or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
  • Sergio Pettis: Must have right hand x-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21
  • Danny Roberts: Must have left foot cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
  • Glaico Franca: Must have ophthalmological exam; must also have nasal fracture cleared by doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/23, no contact until 06/08
  • Cody East: Must have nasal fracture cleared by ENT doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
  • Walt Harris: Must have right hand x-rayed, if positive then requires clearance by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until 10/21; minimum suspension no contest until 05/24, no contact until 05/15
  • Henry Cejudo: Suspended until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
  • Clint Hester: Suspended until 06/08, no contact until 05/24
  • Anthony Pettis: Suspended until 05/24, no contact until 05/15 due to right eyebrow cut
  • Chris Kelades: Suspended until 05/24, no contact until 05/15 due to facial abrasions
  • Juliana Lima: Suspended until 05/24, no contact until 05/15
  • Dominique Steele: Needs yearly eye examination to follow possibility of glaucoma, due 03/22/17