9 Fighters Suspended Following UFC 125

By Mike Whitman Jan 7, 2011
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended nine UFC 125 competitors following the event, and six of them -- including lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (Pictured) -- could be out up to six months.

The New Year’s Day event, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was marked by an inordinate amount of nasal fractures. Edgar, Brandon Vera, Marcus Davis and Phil Baroni all suffered the injury and have been suspended until July 1.

Each of the fighters may be cleared early by a physician, but Edgar and Vera must sit out until at least Feb. 16, with no contact until Feb. 1. Meanwhile, Baroni and Davis must wait until March 3 to return, with no contact until Feb. 16. Vera’s fracture was particularly gruesome, as the bridge of his nose was pushed across his face from a looping punch thrown by Thiago Silva in their light heavyweight bout. Regardless, Vera received the same suspension as Edgar.

Also suspended for up to six months was Greg Soto, who suffered an injury to his left shoulder after Daniel Roberts submitted him with a kimura. Soto may be cleared early by a physician, however. Josh Grispi could also be out until July 1 with a jaw injury, though he may also be cleared early by a doctor.

Main event competitor Gray Maynard was suspended until Feb. 16, with no contact for three weeks due to facial lacerations, and Chris Leben must sit out until Feb. 16, with no contact until Feb. 1 for precautionary reasons following his knockout at the hands of Brian Stann. Additionally, world-ranked featherweight Diego Nunes will be out until Jan. 23, with no contact until Jan. 16 due to an eye contusion.

UFC 125 Medical Suspensions

Frankie Edgar: Suspended until July 1 with a nasal fracture but may be cleared early by a physician; minimum suspension until Feb. 16, with no contact until Feb. 1.

Gray Maynard: Suspended until Feb 15 with facial lacerations; no contact until Jan. 23.

Brandon Vera: Suspended until July 1 with a nasal fracture but may be cleared early by a physician; minimum suspension until Feb. 16, with no contact until Feb. 1.

Marcus Davis: Suspended until July 1 with a nasal fracture but may be cleared early by a physician; minimum suspension until March 3, with no contact until Feb. 16.

Phil Baroni: Suspended until July 1 with a nasal fracture but may be cleared early by a physician; minimum suspension until March 3, with no contact until Feb. 16.

Chris Leben: Suspended until Feb. 16 for precautionary reasons; no contact until Feb. 1.

Josh Grispi: Suspended until July 1 with a jaw injury but may be cleared early by a physician; minimum suspension until Feb. 16, with no contact until Feb. 1.

Greg Soto: Suspended until July 1 with left shoulder injury; may be cleared early by a physician.

Diego Nunes: Suspended until Jan. 23 with an eye contusion; no contact until Jan. 16.
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