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UFC Vegas 37 medical suspensions: Anthony Smith, Devin Clark among 6 fighters facing six-month suspensions

‘Lionheart’ and ‘Brown Bear’ could be on the sidelines for the next few months. 

Anthony Smith suffered an apparent knee injury during his fight with Ryan Spann at UFC Vegas 37 and has received a potential six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

Smith submitted Spann with a first-round rear-naked choke, but did not leave the octagon unscathed despite his dominant performance. Smith must have an MRI done of his right knee, and if it comes back positive, he will need to obtain clearance from an orthopedic doctor before returning to the octagon.

Devin Clark also received a potential six-month suspension for what has now been diagnosed as an alveolar ridge fracture of the teeth. Clark ate two brutal knees from Ion Cutelaba that saw his bottom three teeth pushed out of place. He has since dealt with the injury by getting temporary braces, but may need more extensive work done.

The full list of suspensions can be seen below (obtained by mixedmartialarts.com)

Anthony Smith (right knee): Must have MRI done of right knee. Should result come back positive, clearance from an orthopedic doctor needed or no contest until March 18, 2022.

Ryan Spann: Suspended until Oct. 19 and no contact until Oct. 10

Ion Cutelaba: Suspended until Oct. 19 and no contact until Oct. 10

Devin Clark (alveolar ridge fracture, left ankle): Must have alveolar ridge fracture cleared by dental or Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMFS) doctor. Must have X-ray of left ankle. Should result come back positive, clearance from an orthopedic doctor needed or no contest until March 18, 2022. Minimum suspension/no contest until Nov. 18 and no contact until Nov. 3

Mandy Bohm: Suspended until Nov. 3 and no contact until Oct. 19

Christos Giagos: Suspended until Nov. 18 and no contact until Nov. 3

Nate Maness: Suspended until Oct. 10 and no contact until Oct. 3

Tony Gravely: Suspended until Nov. 18 and no contact until Nov. 3

Joaquin Buckley (left orbital fracture): Must have left orbital fracture cleared by OMF or ophthalmologist or no contest until March 18, 2022. Minimum suspension/no contest until Nov. 3 and no contact until Oct. 19

Antonio Arroyo: Suspended until Nov. 18 and no contact until Nov. 3

Tafon Nchukwi: Suspended until Oct. 10 and no contact until Oct. 3

Mike Rodriguez: Suspended until Nov. 3 and no contact until Oct. 19’

Raquel Pennington: Suspended until Oct. 19 and no contact until Oct. 10

Pannie Kianzad (right corneal abrasion): Must have right corneal abrasion cleared by ophthalmologist or no contest until March 18, 2022. No contact until Oct. 19

Rong Zhu (left thumb): Must have X-ray of left thumb. Should result come back positive, clearance from orthopedic doctor needed or no contest until March 18, 2022. Minimum suspension/no contest until Oct. 19 and no contact until Oct. 10

Brandon Jenkins: Suspended until Nov. 18 and no contact until Nov. 3

JP Buys: Suspended until Nov. 18 and no contact until Nov. 3

Sarah Alpar: Suspended until Nov. 3 and no contact until Oct. 19

Impa Kasanganay: Suspended until Nov. 3 and no contact until Oct. 19

Gustavo Lopez (left infraorbital wall fracture, right hand fracture): Must have left infraorbital wall fracture cleared by OMF or ophthalmologist. Must also have right hand fracture cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until March 18, 2022. Minimum suspension/no contest until Nov. 3 and no contact until Oct. 19

Heili Alateng: Suspended until Oct. 19 and no contact until Oct. 10

Emily Whitmire (lower left lip laceration): Must have lower left lip laceration cleared by doctor or no contest until Oct. 10. No contact until Oct. 3