3 Medically Suspended After UFC Live 3; Sanchez, Kampmann Pending

By Mike Whitman Mar 4, 2011
Only three of the 22 fighters who competed on Thursday night’s UFC Live 3 card received medical suspensions following their bouts, but two more could join that group after the weekend.

Todd Brown, Thiago Tavares and C.B. Dollaway have each been suspended for 60 days following their respective knockout defeats at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. The event, which aired live on Versus, was headlined by a bloody and violent battle between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann. At the end of three rounds, Sanchez’s face was covered by a crimson mask, while Kampmann had suffered a nasty laceration over his eye and a possible broken hand.

The presiding physician, Dr. Sparks, has requested a follow-up examination before rendering a decision regarding suspensions for both men. Sherdog.com confirmed the news Thursday with Angela Robertson, board administrator for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority. Robertson also informed Sherdog.com that suspension information for the main event fighters would likely not be available until Monday.

In a surefire “Fight of the Year” candidate, Kampmann and Sanchez electrified spectators by going toe-to-toe for a full 15 minutes. In the opening round, it appeared that it would be a short night for Sanchez, as the Dane used his size and length to batter the “Nightmare” while stuffing all of his takedown attempts.

Despite suffering a knockdown in the first frame, the original “Ultimate Fighter” winner would not relent, as Sanchez surged forward with renewed aggression in the second and third rounds. Though the unanimous decision verdict for Sanchez has proved a controversial one, both men were ultimately rewarded in the end, as UFC President Dana White reportedly handed each fighter a $160,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.

In the first fight of the evening, 205-pounder Brown found himself on the wrong end of an Igor Pokrajac knee and hit the canvas. From there, the Croat pounded on his turtled opponent for the final seconds of the round. After the horn sounded, Brown could not rise to walk to his corner, and the bout was waved off.

After looking sharp in the first round and dictating the action standing, Tavareswas knocked stiff by a massive straight right hand from Shane Roller in the second stanza of their lightweight contest. Roller pounced and landed a couple of superfluous shots before referee Mario Yamasaki could step in at the 1:28 mark.

Dollaway was light on his feet and looking spry until Mark Munoz winged a right hand that clipped the middleweight’s jawline and sent him reeling. The “Filipino Wrecking Machine” seized the opportunity, jumping on the fallen Dollaway and dropping two violent hammer fists to earn the first-round knockout.
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