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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Tito Ortiz Among Longest UFC 140 Medical Suspensions

Frank Mir, left, after submitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Seven fighters shut down for 60 days

Seven fighters from Saturday’s UFC 140 pay-per-view in Toronto were given 60-day medical suspensions following their bouts at the Air Canada Centre, including co-main event fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

The Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services on Tuesday released the medical suspensions on its official website. Each fighter on the card received a minimum 14-day automatic suspension, standard in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Nogueira had his right arm broken by Frank Mir by a kimura before he finally tapped out with the damage already done. It was the first time in Nogueira’s legendary career that he was submitted. Mir also was the first fighter to knock Nogueira out, nearly three years ago at UFC 92. Though the Ministry’s official reason for Nogueira’s 60-day shutdown is for a dislocated shoulder, it was ultimately shown to be a broken arm. The UFC recently said Nogueira will not need surgery and could be back in about nine months.

Ortiz suffered a TKO setback to Nogueira’s twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The knees Ortiz took from “Little Nog” will shut him down for 60 days and he will need chest x-ray and abdominal ultrasound to return.

Other 60-day suspensions were given to Mark Hominick for his seven-second TKO loss to Chan Sung Jung; Krzysztof Soszynski following his knockout loss to Igor Pokrajac; Jared Hamman after his knockout loss to Constantinos Philippou; Rich Attonito for his TKO loss to Jake Hecht, who was making his UFC debut; and Mitch Clarke, who lost by TKO to John Cholish in the event’s opening bout.

Main event light heavyweight Lyoto Machida, who lost in a title fight to champion Jon Jones, was given a 30-day suspension due to a gash over his right eye that came from a Jones elbow not long before he was choked unconscious with a standing guillotine to end the fight.

The full list of suspensions is below:

Jon Jones: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Lyoto Machida: Suspended 30 days (laceration over right eye)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Suspended 60 days (dislocated shoulder; needs clearance from orthopedic surgeon)*
Frank Mir: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Tito Ortiz: Suspended 60 days (needs chest x-ray and abdominal ultrasound)
Brian Ebersole: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Claude Patrick: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Chan Sung Jung: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Mark Hominick: Suspended 60 days (needs MRI or CT scan due to knockout)
Igor Pokrajac: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Krzysztof Soszynski: Suspended 60 days (needs MRI or CT scan due to knockout)
Constantinos Philippou: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Jared Hamman: Suspended 60 days (needs MRI or CT scan due to knockout)
Dennis Hallman: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
John Makdessi: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Walel Watson: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Yves Jabouin: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Nik Lentz: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Mark Bocek: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Jake Hecht: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Rich Attonito: Suspended 60 days (needs MRI or CT scan due to knockout)
John Cholish: Suspended 14 days (standard precautionary)
Mitch Clarke: Suspended 60 days (needs MRI or CT scan due to knockout)

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