On Saturday night, welterweight Rory MacDonald picked up a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia on the main card of UFC 170. As Bloody Elbow reported on Tuesday, following the fight the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended MacDonald for up to 180 days for an ankle injury that requires medical clearance. "Ares" appears to have taken issue with the reporting of the medical suspensions:
2 clear the air the rumors these reporters are writting about me having a 180 day suspension are false, i have a 20 day suspension. im fine!— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) February 25, 2014
And there is no ankle injury at all— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) February 25, 2014
MacDonald's complaint seems to come from the difference between a suspension from "contest" or competition and suspension from "contact" or full training. Here's the direct quote from the NSAC report:
MacDonald must have right ankle x-rayed and Dr's clearance or no contest until 08/22/14; minimum suspension no contest until 03/25/2014, no contact until 03/16/14
Clearly, there was some issue the Nevada physician saw in Rory's post-fight check up that caused them to require medical clearance before his next fight. However, if there's no injury as MacDonald stated, he should have no problem getting the necessary x-ray and doctor's approval.