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UFC 192 Medical Suspensions – Gustaffson out til 2016



After going all five rounds against UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, it looks like challenger Alexander Gustafsson is facing the mandatory 6 month medical suspension, pending doctor’s clearance.

The Swede, who lost his second title fight, went to war with Cormier in an impressive performance, only losing due to a split decision.

In a report obtained by MMA Junkie from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, who oversaw the event at the Toyota Centre in Houston, it seems to confirm that Gustafsson will face a full 6 month medical suspension, pending clearance from a doctor.

The report also confirms that all fighters from the UFC 192 event are facing medical suspensions in one form or another, with defending champion Cormier being suspended until November 18th. But for some fighters, like Gustafsson, are facing longer on the sidelines.

Heavyweight Shawn Jordan has been given a statutory 6 week suspension, but was also handed an indefinite suspension pending doctor’s clearance, as a direct result of his loss to Ruslan Magomedov.

Also TUF: Latin America winner Yair Rodriguez has also been given an indefinite medical suspension, due to a horrific foot injury sustained in his prelim win over Daniel Hooker. But the Mexican featherweight told MMA Junkie the foot was not broken.

A full list of suspension are:

October 7th 2015: Adriano Martins, Rose Namajunas, Angela Hill.

October 13th 2015: Ryan Bader, Ruslan Magomedov, Julianna Pena, Jessica Eye, Albert Tumenov,                     Sage Northcutt, Derrick Lewis.

November 3rd 2015: Rashid Evans, Alan Jouban, Francisco Trevino, Vikto Presta.

November 13th 2015: Sergio Pettis

November 18th 2015: Daniel Cormier, Shawn Jordan (Also Indefinite pending clearance), Joe Benavidez, Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso.

November 30th 2015: Daniel hooker, Islam Makhachev.

April 1st 2016: Alexander Gustafsson

Indefinite: Yair Rodriguez


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James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury



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

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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UFC 216: Paige VanZant Pulls Out of Fight with Jessica Eye



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The UFC 216 card looks to have suffered a major blow as Paige VanZant has been pulled from the card citing a back injury, per Ariel Helwani.

VanZant (7-3) has not fought since losing to Michelle Waterson back in December 2016 and was scheduled to make her Flyweight debut against the unranked Jessica Eye.

As of, MMA Fighting, the number 10 ranked UFC Strawweight suffered an intervertebral disc injury whilst training jiu-jitsu, and was advised by her doctor to miss training for a few weeks.

Not only is this a major blow for VanZant as she looks to regain some momentum following her last outing, but it must be considered a huge blow for the UFC as VanZant is a popular figure who can contribute significantly to the buy rate.

Eye (11-6) will also be feeling hard done by on this occasion, as this marks the second time in a row her opponent has pulled out of scheduled bout, she was looking to make things right after suffering four defeats in a row.

The injury will not require surgery so there is a possibility of rescheduling the contest for a later date, although nothing has yet been mentioned. It remains to be seen whether Eye will wait, or ask to be rescheduled with a new opponent.

UFC 216 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 7th and is headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for the Interim Lightweight Championship, it also features UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson as he takes on Ray Borg in his record eleventh title defence.

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Germaine de Randamie out of UFC Fight Night 115



Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie has been forced out of next weeks Fight Night event in Rotterdam. The Dutch fighter was set to fight Marion Reneau in the UFC’s return to the Netherlands. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie.

‘GDR’ won the Women’s Featherweight belt back in February after beating former Women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. The kickboxer won the fight by a controversial decision after punching Holm after the bell in two rounds. Germaine also injured her hand in the fight and announced shortly after that she would need surgery. GDR never ended up getting the surgery and that same injury has now forced her out of the upcoming fight.

Germaine ended up getting her title stripped a few months later after she refused to defend the belt against the now current champion, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. She told many reporters that she considered Cyborg a cheater after she ended up failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. After a lot of backlash from both fans and fighters, the UFC stripped her title and made a new title fight at UFC 214 between Cyborg and Tonya Evinger. Cyborg ended up winning the fight by TKO in the 3rd round.

The UFC plan on keeping her former opponent Marion Reneau on the card and are currently searching for a replacement opponent. Reneau is currently coming off of a majority draw against Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia. Reneau’s biggest win so far in the UFC is against Jessica Andrade in a fight she won by submission via triangle choke.

The card is currently headlined by a heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. The card takes place on September 2nd in Rotterdam, Netherlands and will stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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