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UFC Vancouver medical suspensions: ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone out 90 days

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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone
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Donald Cerrone may not get another chance to compete this year, after all.

The perennial UFC contender received a 90-day medical suspension following a first-round loss to Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC Vancouver this past Saturday at Rogers Arena.

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

MMA Fighting obtained a list of UFC Vancouver suspensions from www.mixedmartialarts.com, the Association of Boxing Commission’s official records keeper. The ESPN+ event was regulated by the British Columbia Athletic Commission.

Optimistic despite his loss, Cerrone predicted he’d ask the UFC for a quick turnaround only to be denied due a suspension, which he estimated would last between 60 and 90 days.

As it turned out, “Cowboy” got the longer of the two terms. His suspension from the B.C. Athletic Commissioner notes “no contact training/no competition,” meaning he’s supposed to be out of action until Dec. 7. The UFC has scheduled UFC on ESPN 7 for that date and two other events—UFC 245 and UFC Busan—for the remainder of the month.

Gaethje, who hopes to face the winner of an expected lightweight title fight between champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, did not get out of the Cerrone fight unscathed. He will need medical clearance for his right foot to remove an indefinite suspension.

In other notable suspensions, the B.C. commission gave heavyweight Todd Duffee an indefinite term for a “possible conjunctival abrasion,” or a scratch or abrasion to the mucous membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelid and the white part of the eye ball. Duffee was accidentally poked in the eye in the first round of a fight with Jeff Hughes; the cageside doctor called off the bout after he reported double vision.

Here is the full list of medical suspensions from UFC Vancouver:

  • Justin Gaethje: suspended 30 days with 14 days no contact; also suspended indefinitely pending physician clearance of right foot that needs X-ray.
  • Donald Cerrone: suspended 90 days with no contact and no competition.
  • Glover Teixeira: suspended 45 days with no contact and no competition; also suspended indefinitely pending physician clearance of right hand that needs X-ray. Received sutures for lacerations.
  • Nikita Krylov: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  • Todd Duffee: suspended 90 days with 60 days no contact; also suspended indefinitely pending ophthalmologist clearance for possible conjunctival abrasion. Received sutures for lacerations.
  • Jeff Hughes: suspended 30 days with no contact and no competition.
  • Tristan Connelly: suspended 30 days with 14 days no contact.
  • Michel Pereira: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Uriah Hall: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Antonio Carlos Junior: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; also suspended indefinitely pending physician clearance. Needs “CT Max and a Cervical Spine” and may have fractured nose.
  • Misha Cirkunov: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Jim Crute: suspended 30 days with 14 days no contact.
  • Augusto Sakai: suspended 14 days with no contact and no competition for knockout.
  • Marcin Tybura: suspended 90 days with no contact and no competition.
  • Miles Johns: suspended 30 days with 14 days no contact; also suspended indefinitely pending physician clearance of left hand that needs X-ray.
  • Cole Smith: suspended 60 days with no contact and no competition for hard bout.
  • Hunter Azure: suspended 30 days with 14 days no contact.
  • Brad Katona: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Chas Skelly: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; also suspended indefinitely pending physician clearance of right thumb that needs X-ray.
  • Jordan Griffin: suspended 30 days with 14 days no contact.
  • Louis Smolka: suspended 14 days with no contact and no competition.
  • Ryan MacDonald: suspended 90 days with no contact and no competition for TKO.
  • Austin Hubbard: suspended a minimum of 30 days with 30 days no contact; also suspended indefinitely pending physician clearance of right foot and right elbow that require X-rays.