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UFC 188 medical suspensions: Fabricio Werdum up to six months

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New UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum could be out up to six months following UFC 188.

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that new UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum didn't escape his UFC 188 title win without picking up some knocks. The Brazilian fighter was handed a 180-day medical suspension by the promotion, who acted as their own governing body for the event due to a lack of a commission in Mexico City. The UFC released the info to mixedmartialarts.com. Werdum wasn't the only one to pick up a 180-day suspension, as preliminary fighters Gabriel Benitez and Francisco Trevino were handed the same term.

Oh, and co-main event winner Eddie Alvarez did too after his face was rearranged in their first round of his fight with Gilbert Melendez.

Here's how it all broke down:


Clay Collard: Upper lip laceration; Suspension 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact.
Alejandro Perez: L infraorbital laceration; Suspension 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact.
Henry Cejudo: Nasal laceration; Suspension 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact.
Cain Velasquez: L upper eyelid and R eyebrow; Suspension 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact.
Gabriel Benitez: 180 days or clear R wrist/knee and L thumb/foot by orthopedist.
Francisco Treviño: 180 days or clear R knee by orthopedist.
Fabricio Werdum: 180 days or clear MRI of R knee and R thumb and nasal x-ray.
Gilbert Melendez: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact.
Eddie Alvarez: 180 days or clear by ophthalmologist.

In addition to the specific suspensions listed, all athletes competing received a mandatory seven day rest period.

Of course, this doesn't mean that they're actually going to be out for that long. Fighters can be released from medical suspensions early by doctors, so that will likely be the case here.