UFC 141 Medical Suspensions: Brock Lesnar, Nate Diaz Among Lengthiest Shutdowns

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Lesnar, Diaz, Matyushenko, Gamburyan possibly out six months

Twelve fighters from Friday’s UFC 141 pay-per-view in Las Vegas were given medical suspensions following their fights, including potential six-month shelf time for four fighters.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions to HeavyMMA.com on Tuesday. Among the most notable, former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar received a six-month suspension after his loss to Alistair Overeem in the card’s main event. Lesnar, who lost by first-round TKO after a liver kick from Overeem crumpled him, will be out until June 28, officially, and must have his abdominal injury cleared by a doctor before returning. But it likely is a moot point since Lesnar announced his retirement immediately after the fight.

Co-main event winner Nate Diaz could be out for as long as six months, as well, unless he has his right eye cleared by an ophthalmologist. Provided that happens, he could be back as soon as February. Vladimir Matyushenko and Manny Gamburyan received similar work stoppages from the NSAC – both could be out as long as six months unless they have their injuries cleared earlier by doctors.

Main event winner Overeem was cut near his right eye by Lesnar early in the fight, and because of that he was hit with a fairly standard 45-day suspension with no contact for a month. Co-main event fighter Donald Cerrone, who lost a unanimous decision to Diaz, received the same 45/30 suspension for a cut on his lower lip.

The full list of medical suspensions is below:

Alistair Overeem: Suspended until Feb. 14, no contact until Jan. 30 (cuts on right eye)
Brock Lesnar: Suspended until June 28 (abdominal injury must be cleared early by doctor)
Nate Diaz: Suspended until Jan. 30, no contact until Jan. 21; additionally, must have right eye injury cleared by ophthalmologist or no contest until June 28.
Donald Cerrone: Suspended until Feb. 14, no contact until Jan. 30 (cut on lower lip)
Jon Fitch: Suspended until Feb. 29, no contact until Feb. 14 (standard precautionary from knockout)
Alexander Gustafsson: Suspended until Jan. 30, no contact until Jan. 21 (contusion on right tibia)
Vladimir Matyushenko: Suspended until Feb. 14, no contact until Jan. 30; additionally, must have left knee cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 28.
Nam Phan: Suspended until Feb. 29, no contact until Feb. 14 (cut on right eyebrow)
Junior Assuncao: Suspended until Jan. 30, no contact until Jan. 21 (cut on right cheek)
Dong Hyun Kim: Suspended until Jan. 30, no contact until Jan. 21 (contusion on left foot)
Diego Nunes: Suspended until Feb. 14, no contact until Jan. 30 (cut by left eye)
Manny Gamburyan: Suspended until Jan. 30, no contact until Jan. 21; additionally, must have right shoulder x-rayed and cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 28.


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