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Lengthy Injury suspensions for McGregor, Rockhold, Weidman and Souza

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With over 60 fighter taking part in the three fight nights last week some incredibly lengthy injury suspensions have been handed out including 6-month suspension for McGregor, Rockhold, Weidman and Souza unless they are cleared by a doctor.

UFC 194 Medical Suspensions:

Conor McGregoronor McGregor: suspended 180 days unless left wrist cleared by doctor
Jose Aldo: suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days for precautionary reasons
Luke Rockhold: suspended 180 days unless left foot and ankle cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Chris Weidman: suspended 180 days unless both feet cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days
Yoel Romero: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
Ronaldo Souza: suspended 180 days unless left forearm cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Gunnar Nelson: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Jeremy Stephens: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
Frankie Saenz: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Urijah Faber: suspended 180 days unless left knee, right ankle and left thumb cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Tecia Torres: suspended 180 days unless left thumb cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Colby Covington: suspended 180 days unless right chest wall cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Kevin Lee: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Joe Proctor: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
Yancy Medeiros: suspended 180 days unless right knee sprain cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
John Makdessi: suspended 180 days unless right thumb cleared by doctor

TUF 22 Medical Suspensions:

Chad Mendes: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Tony Ferguson: suspended 180 days unless cleared by CT scan of head; regardless, suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days
Edson Barboza: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for lacerations on forehead
Evan Dunham: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for laceration over right eyebrow
Joe Lauzon: suspended 30 days with no contract for 21 days for precautionary reasons
Jason Knight: suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days for laceration on left cheek
Tatsuya Kawajiri: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
Konstantin Erokhin: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for left thumb injury
Mike Pierce: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Ryan LaFlare: suspended 180 days unless right hand cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Joey Sanchez: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for lacerations under right eye and over left eyebrow
Chris Gruetzemacher: suspended 180 days unless left and right forearms cleared by doctor; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Abner Lloveras: suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days for laceration over right eye lid

UFC Fight Night 80 Medical Suspensions:

Rose Namajunas: suspended 180 days unless doctor clears left hand
Paige VanZant: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Michael Chiesa: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
Jim Miller: suspended 30 days with no contact for 14 days for precautionary reasons
Cody Pfister: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
Elias Theodorou: suspended 180 days unless doctor clears right hand; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
John Howard: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Sergio Moraes: suspended 180 days unless doctor clears left hand; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Omari Akhmedov: suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
Kevin Casey: suspended 180 days unless eye cleared by ophthalmologist
Johnny Eduardo: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Aljamain Sterling: must have MRI by doctor within 7 days
Andreas Stal: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Emily Kagan: suspended 180 days unless doctor clears left knee; regardless, suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

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Darren Stewart Among Changes made to UFC Winnipeg

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December 16th, the UFC will touch down in the cold Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The third Canadian event for the promotion this year, lost its main event in the second week of November, Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas, when Aldo, replaced Frankie Edgar at last weekends pay-per-view event, UFC 218. Fortunately, Josh Emmett was booked last week, to replace Aldo. The former featherweight champion is not the only one whom won’t make the walk in Canada.

Several fighters on the card have been forced to withdraw. The UFC announced changes to card yesterday releasing an article, indicating the replacements. Justin Scoggins withdrew due to a spinal injury, otherwise known as, spinal process fracture.

According to the Winchester Hospital website, most of these injuries heal without long-term damage.

Replacing the injured Scoggins, the undefeated British prospect, Pietro Menga. “Pitbull” compiled a 13-0 record before signing with the UFC. Seven, by way of submission. The British newcomer will face Tim Elliot at flyweight. Elliot, winner of TUF 24: Tournament of Champions, has had a bitter-sweet return to the UFC. With a record of 1-2 since his return, he looks to put on a dominating performance in order to find his way back into title contention.

The other Brit to posthumously join the Winnipeg card, Darren Stewart. Stewart replaces Vitor Miranda, to fight Julian Marquez in the middleweight division, the news was originally announced by MMA Today’s Nolan King.

After entering the UFC with an undefeated record, Stewart has gone winless in his three bouts with the promotion. Twice he fought Francimar Barroso, winning their first match-up, only to have the decision overturned by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) for an inadvertent headbutt.

His opponent, Julian Marquez, found his way to the UFC roster through, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Marquez, knocked out his opponent, Phil Hawes, in the second round. Nicknamed, “the Cuban Missile Crisis”,  he dominated his opponent, taking him down twice in the round before cleanly landing a head kick as Hawes, stood up against the fence.

The final change to the card comes in the welterweight division. Oddly enough, the opponents of both, Danny Roberts and Nordine Taleb, withdrew. Roberts and Taleb instead, will fight each other, as reported by Nolan King as well.

Hopefully, Canada’s final UFC event of the year proceeds with its twelve scheduled bouts. UFC Winnipeg takes place at the Bell MTS Place, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 16th. The card features, Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos, in the main event, elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on fan favorite Mike Perry.

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Sijara Eubanks out of TUF 26 Finale, Roxanne Modafferi steps in on short notice

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Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)  is out of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion finale. In her absence the UFC has announced that #1 ranked TUF 26 semifinalist, Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be stepping up to fight Nicco Montano for the inaugural women’s flyweight championship.

Modafferi lost to Eubanks in the very last episode of TUF, she was then set to fight fellow castmember Barb Honchak in the finale that takes place on December 1. Early Thursday afternoon, Sijara has forced to pull out of the fight giving Roxanne the opportunity to fight for the championship against Nicco Montano

UFC released an official statement about the change courtesy of MMA Junkie “Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks, was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”

Honchak will now likely be facing TUF 26 alternate Lauren Murphy on December 2. Murphy lost her opponent Priscila Cachoeira after Cachoeira failed to get a visa for the fight.

Eubanks has taken to her personal Instagram to put out a statement to her fans. In the post, she writes, “First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night. I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately, there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt. This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight and best wishes to both those ladies. True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne.
Thank you to all my coaches, friends and family and the wonderful staff at UFC.
God is good and I am truly blessed.”

The entire fight card to date is as follows:

  • Roxanne Modaferri vs Nicco Montano
  • Emily Whitmire vs Gillian Robertson
  • Barb Honchak vs Lauren Murphy
  • Ariel Beck vs Shana Dobson
  • DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian
  • Rachael Ostovich vs Karine Gevorgyan
  • Montana De La Rosa vs Christina Marks
  • Sean O’Malley vs Terrion Ware
  • Eric Spicely vs Gerald Meerschaert
  •  Joe Soto vs Brett Johns

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale “A Champion Will Be Crowned” is still set to take place Dec.1st at The Park Theater, Paradise Nevada.

 

 

 

 

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James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury

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Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016.  James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.

After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.

Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.

Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”

His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.

 

 

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