Last Saturday, November 14, the MMA community found out who stood tall and who fell short at UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm. By now, everyone knows the result of Ronda Rousey – the MMA fighter hyped up to be unstoppable – being decimated at the hands of her challenger, Holly Holm (video of knockout attached below). After Holm made history, everyone went crazy as news sites flooded the internet with articles on the matter, especially from those who do not follow MMA consistently. Everything from reactions from Rousey’s “enemies” Miesha Tate and Cris Cyborg to celebrities like Lady Gaga and Donald Trump made front page news.
Now that the initial backlash of news has passed, the more important news pertaining to the aftermath of UFC 193 can make its rounds. With that in mind, the medical suspensions lists for the premier event has been released. It should be noted that because Ronda Rousey is always a trend, it was already reported earlier she would be medically suspended up to 180 days (six months). But what about the other fighters on the card?
The medical suspensions for UFC 193 were released yesterday, November 17, 2015. According to Mixed Martial Arts, UFC actually regulated itself because apparently, Australia does not have an athletic commission. Along with Ronda Rousey, four other fighters were given the maximum medical suspension ruling of 180 days or six months. They include Jared Rosholt, Robert Whittaker, Valerie Leourneau, and UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Overall though, a total of 17 fighters were given medical suspensions, albeit some were not really too serious. For example, the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, was given a mandatory seven days of rest.
Getting back to the medical suspensions, Fox Sports summarized the following list of suspensions. It shows which fighters received a suspension, how long the suspension will last, and the conditions to be met for the fighter to get back into MMA action.
- Ronda Rousey: 180 days medical suspension or be cleared by negative head CT scan, 60 days no fighting, 45 days no contact.
- Holly Holm: Seven days mandatory rest.
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk: 180 days medical suspension or be cleared by orthopedics with right hand x-ray, 45 days no fighting, 30 days no contact.
- Valerie Letourneau: 180 days medical suspension or be cleared by negative heat CT scan, 45 days no fighting, 30 days no contact.
- Mark Hunt: Seven days mandatory rest.
- Antonio Silva: 45 days no fighting, 30 days no contact.
- Urijah Hall: 30 days no fighting, 21 days no contact.
- Robert Whittaker: 180 days medical suspension or be cleared by orthopedics of left ankle and right hand, 30 days no fighting, 21 days no contact.
- Stefan Struve: Seven days mandatory rest.
- Jared Rosholt: 180 days medical suspension or be cleared by CT scan of right tibia and fibia, 30 days no fighting, 21 days no contact.
- Jake Matthews: 45 days no fighting, 30 days no contact.
- Akbarh Jimenez: 45 days no fighting, 30 days no contact.
- Kyle Noke: Seven days mandatory rest.
- Peter Sobotta: Seven days mandatory rest.
- Anthony Perosh: 45 days no fighting, 30 days no contact.
- Glan Villante: Seven days mandatory rest.
For those concerned about the length of the medical suspensions, take note they are just a precaution. Most of the time, fighters return to action far quicker than what is given once the doctors give them the a-okay. On the other hand, not all injuries are recorded during post-fight examinations and may often times surface in follow-up tests.
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