4 Strikeforce Fighters from Dec. 17 Face Indefinite Suspensions

By Mike Whitman Dec 21, 2011
Four fighters who competed at Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Masvidal” have been indefinitely suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for medical reasons following the Dec. 17 event.

The CSAC recently informed Sherdog.com via email that Jorge Masvidal, K.J. Noons, Billy Evangelista and Devin Cole were handed indefinite suspensions for a variety of injuries sustained in their respective bouts.

Headlined by a successful lightweight title defense by Gilbert Melendez against game challenger Masvidal, the event emanated from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The Showtime broadcast also featured a one-sided women’s 145-pound title affair which saw champ Cristiane Santos knock out Hiroko Yamanaka in just 16 seconds.

Evangelista and Noons slugged it out for three rounds in their lightweight tilt, but it was Noons who ultimately took home a unanimous decision for his efforts. Cole cruised to a unanimous nod of his own over Gabriel Salinas-Jones in the evening’s lone heavyweight contest.

Strikeforce ‘Melendez vs. Masvidal’ Medical Suspensions

Gilbert Melendez: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for precautionary reasons

Jorge Masvidal: Suspended indefinitely for pain in right hand, but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for left eyebrow laceration

Hiroko Yamanaka: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for knockout

K.J. Noons: Suspended indefinitely for decreased vision in left eye; may be cleared early by physician

Billy Evangelista: Suspended indefinitely for left eye irritation; may be cleared early by a physician

Justin Wilcox: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for knockout

Devin Cole: Suspended indefinitely for left-eye abrasion, but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, suspended 60 days (no contact for 60 days) for left eyelid laceration

Jerron Peoples: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for knockout

Herman Terrado: Suspended 60 days (no contact for 60 days) for laceration under left eye

Chris Brown: Suspended 180 days (no contact for 180 days) for possible fractures in right foot and left hand; may be cleared early by physician

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