UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson went down last Saturday night, November 19, from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and featured in the main event what many are calling the best MMA fight of all time. In addition to the five-round epic between Shogun and Hendo, the card featured a host of exciting fights and finishes.
The California State Athletic Commission has released the medical suspensions they issued to the fighters who competed on the card.
Main event fighters Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua took home multiple suspensions, which is no surprise considering the abuse they doled out to one another. Hendo was hit with 60-day suspension with 60 days of no contact for fighting in a “hard bout” and also a 180-day suspension with 180 days of no contact for possibly suffering a fractured right thumb; he may be cleared early if he passes a MRI/CT scan. Shogun was given a 45-day suspension with 30 days of no contact for fighting in a “hard bout,” a 60-day suspension with 60 days of no contact for an eyebrow laceration and a 180-day suspension with 180 days of no contact for possible facial/skull fractures.
The price of greatness.
Michael McDonald and Gleison Tibau were also hit with 180-day suspensions with 180 days of no suspect, McDonald for a possibly fractured right finger and Tibau for a possibly fractured right thumb; both men may be cleared early pending the results of x-rays.
Wanderlei Silva, Martin Kampmann, and Rick Story were all given 60-day suspensions with 60 days of no contact, Silva for a right eyebrow laceration, Kampmann for forehead and right eyebrow lacerations and Story for a chin laceration; they may all be cleared early by a physician. Cung Le was suspended for 60 days with 60 days of no contact for a possible nasal fracture and may be cleared early by a physician. He was also suspended for 45 days with 30 days of no contact for suffering a TKO loss.
Brian Bowles, Jason Brilz, Tom Lawlor and Shamar Bailey round out the list and were all given 45-day suspensions with 30 days of no contact for being finished in their fights – either by submission or TKO.