‘UFC 191: Johnson Vs. Dodson 2’ Aftermath — How Long Are MMA Fighters Out Due To Medical Suspensions?

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On Saturday, September 5, the MMA community found out who stood tall and who fell short at UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2. For Demetrious Johnson, Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson, Corey Anderson, and Paige VanZant, it was a great night. And for some of those winners, they made even more news during the aftermath of their victories. Demetrious Johnson blasted MMA naysayers, calling them a bunch of “f***ing idiots.” In a similar situation, Anthony Johnson sent a verbal right hook to the MMA media, insulting them for “writing a bunch of s***.”

Those who lost not only add another defeat to their record, they also face being sidelined due to medical suspensions. With that said, medical suspensions for UFC 191 have been released and some of the fighters may be out of commission for up to half a year.

The list was released by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday, September 8, as reported by MMA Junkie. It detailed a total of 14 fighters who received suspensions following their performances on Saturday night’s card. The medical suspensions for Andrei Arlovski, Frank Mir, Corey Anderson, Alex Chambers, Nazareno Malegarie, and Joaquin Silva could last up to six months with most ending sometime in March, as detailed by Yahoo! Sports. Everyone else listed will be out for less time.

The following list details each fighter who received a medical suspension, how long said suspension will last, and the conditions to be met for the fighter to get back into MMA action.

  • John Dodson: Suspended until Oct. 6 with no contact until Sept. 27 for small laceration on nose.
  • Andrei Arlovski: Must have right hand X-rayed within three days; if X-ray positive for injury or no X-ray done suspended pending doctor’s clearance until March 5. Minimum suspension Oct. 6 with no contact until Sept. 27 for left eyelid laceration.
  • Frank Mir: Needs doctor clearance for right hand or suspended until March 5; Minimum suspension October 6 with no contact until September 27 for eyebrow laceration.
  • Corey Anderson: Needs dental clearance or no contest until March 5 for loose teeth.
  • Jan Blachowicz: Suspended until October 21 with no contact until October 6.
  • Alex Chambers: Must have MRI of left knee to rule out ACL injury or no contest until March 5.
  • Francisco Rivera: Suspended until October 21 with no contact until October 6.
  • Jessica Andrade: Suspended until October 6 with no contact until September 27 for “tough fight.”
  • Clay Collard: Suspended until October 6 with no contact until September 27 for “tough fight.”
  • Joe Riggs: Needs CT scan of face/orbital bone and needs clearance by ear/nose/throat or maxillofacial surgeon; minimal suspension until October 21 with no contact until October 6.
  • Ron Stallings: Suspended until October 6 with no contact until September 27 for facial lacerations.
  • Nazareno Malegarie: Suspended until October 6 with no contact until September 27 for facial lacerations, needs orbital CT scan and clearance from ear/nose/throat doctor or no contest until March 5; minimal suspension until October 21 with no contact until October 6.
  • Joaquin Silva: Needs orbital CT scan and clearance from ear/nose/throat doctor or no contest until March 5; minimal suspension until October 21 with no contact until October 6.

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