Cro Cop, Serra Receive Indefinite UFC 119 Suspensions

By Mike Whitman Sep 27, 2010
Former Pride Fighting Championships superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and one-time UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra were handed indefinite medical suspensions by the Indiana Gaming Commission following losses at UFC 119 on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Filipovic was knocked out by a Frank Mir knee in the third round of their plodding heavyweight main event at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Serra, meanwhile, absorbed sustained punishment in a unanimous decision loss to friend and former “The Ultimate Fighter” rival Chris Lytle. A Renzo Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt, Serra chose to stand with the much longer Lytle for the full 15 minutes, most of the time getting the worst of the exchanges.

The suspensions were confirmed by Indiana Gaming Commission Athletic Division Director Andrew Means. Both Cro Cop and Serra must spend a minimum of 180 days on the shelf and pass a CT scan before they can return to action, said Means.

Other suspensions were handed out by the IGC as well, which served 10 fighters with suspensions. Lightweight up-and-comer Evan Dunham will be out for 45 days following his split decision loss to former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk. “The Muscle Shark,” meanwhile, may not fight again for 30 days.

A host of other fighters must also spend 30 days inactive: Matt Mitrione, Joey Beltran, Sean McCorkle, Mark Hunt and Steve Lopez. Additionally, Hunt must pass an X-ray on his left elbow to be cleared to fight after succumbing to a McCorkle armbar in the first round of their heavyweight tilt.

UFC 119 Suspensions

Mirko Filipovic: Suspended a minimum of 180 days; must clear a CT scan
Matt Serra: Suspended a minimum of 180 days; must clear a CT scan
Evan Dunham: Suspended 45 days, with no contract for 45 days
Sean Sherk: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 21 days
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 30 days
Mark Hunt: Suspended a minimum of 30 days; must be cleared by X-ray
Joey Beltran: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 30 days (laceration)
Matt Mitrione: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 12 days
Steve Lopez: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 30 days (laceration)
Sean McCorkle: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 21 days
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