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UFC Phoenix medical suspensions: Cain Velasquez leads field of nine fighters to be suspended 180 days

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was one of 10 fighters to be issued an extended medical suspension in the aftermath of UFC Phoenix.

The Arizona Department of Gaming released the event’s finalized medical suspension report to MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

Velasquez suffered a 26-second TKO loss at the hands of Francis Ngannou in UFC Phoenix’s main event. To further compound matters, the Arizona native sustained a potential knee injury in the contest after being dropped with a short right uppercut. As a result of potential damage sustained in the contest, Velazsquez will be forced to seek medical clearance or sit out 180 days before returning to active competition, per Arizona commission officials.

Other than Velasquez, nine other fighters on the card received similarly extended medical suspensions: Paul Felder (indefinite), Cynthia Calvillo (180 days), Cortney Casey (180 days), Vicente Luque (180 days), Bryan Barberena (180 days), Jimmie Rivera (180 days), Luke Sanders (180 days), Nik Lentz (180 days), and Ashlee Evans-Smith (180 days).

UFC Phoenix took place Feb. 17 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The night’s main card aired live on ESPN.

A complete list of UFC Phoenix’s medical suspensions can be seen below.

  • Paul Felder: Suspended indefinitely
  • Cain Velasquez: Suspended 180 days
  • Cynthia Calvillo: Suspended 180 days
  • Cortney Casey: Suspended 180 days
  • Vicente Luque: Suspended 180 days
  • Bryan Barberena: Suspended 180 days
  • Jimmie Rivera: Suspended 180 days
  • Luke Sanders: Suspended 180 days
  • Nik Lentz: Suspended 180 days
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith: Suspended 180 days
  • Renan Barao: Suspended 60 days
  • James Vick: Suspended 30 days
  • Myles Jury: Suspended 30 days
  • Aljamain Sterling: Suspended 30 days
  • Scott Holtzman: Suspended 30 days
  • Andrea Lee: Suspended 30 days