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Bare Knuckle FC medical suspensions: Three fighters out with potential broken hands

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Bec Rawlings defetaed Alma Garcia at Bare Knuckle FC.
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UFC veterans Bec Rawlings and Johnny Bedford highlighted a list of three fighters to be issued indefinite medical suspensions as a result of potentially broken hands in the aftermath of Saturday’s historic Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event. Ten fighters in total were issued indefinite medical suspensions for various potential injuries.

The Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts released the event’s finalized medical suspension report Tuesday to MMA Fighting.

Rawlings and Bedford scored second-round TKO wins at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship over Alma Garcia and Nick Mamalis respectively, both emerging victorious from the first state-sanctioned bare-knuckle event in the United States in 130 years. As a result of potential hand fractures sustained in the contest, both O’Rawlings and Bedford will be forced to seek doctor’s clearance before returning to active competition, per Wyoming commission officials.

The eight other fighters who received similar indefinite medical suspensions were: Joey Beltran (face lacerations), Tony Lopez (face and ear lacerations), Garcia (fractured nose and face lacerations), Irineu Beato Costa Jr. (potential concussion), Mamalis (left eye laceration), Reggie Barnett (right and left hand fractures), Travis Thompson (left eye laceration), and DJ Linderman (left eye laceration).

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship took place June 2 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The night’s main card aired live on pay-per-view.

A complete list of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’s medical suspensions can be seen below.

  • Joey Beltran: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address face lacerations
  • Tony Lopez: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address face and ear lacerations
  • Bec Rawlings: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address potential hand fracture
  • Alma Garcia: Suspended indefinitely, fighter needs to be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address potential fractured nose and face lacerations
  • Irineu Beato Costa Jr.: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address potential concussion
  • Johnny Bedford: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address potential right hand fracture
  • Nick Mamalis: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address left eye laceration
  • Reggie Barnett: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address potential right and left hand fractures
  • Travis Thompson: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address left eye laceration
  • DJ Linderman: Suspended indefinitely, fighter must be cleared by doctor before next fight; fight doctor recommends fighter seek medical attention to address left eye laceration
  • Eric Prindle: Suspended 60 days
  • Dale Sopi: Suspended 60 days
  • Omar Avelar: Suspended 60 days
  • Ricco Rodriquez: Suspended 30 days
  • Lewis Rumsey: Suspended 30 days
  • Maurice Jackson: Suspended 30 days
  • Estevan Payan: Suspended 30 days
  • Arnold Adams: Suspended 30 days
  • Sam Shewmaker: Suspended 7 days
  • Bobby Gunn: Suspended 7 days