‘TUF 21’ Finale Medical Suspensions: Stephen Thompson Injures Heel in KO Win

By Sherdog.com Staff Jul 13, 2015
Stephen Thompson hurt his foot in victory. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



Two of the big winners at Sunday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 21” Finale came away from the event a little worse for wear.

Main event welterweight Stephen Thompson suffered an injury to his right heel -- the same heel that “Wonderboy” used to set up his impressive first-round finish of Jake Ellenberger. The Nevada Athletic Commission ruled that Thompson must have the heel X-rayed and cleared by a doctor, or else face a six-month layoff.

A list of medical suspensions from the event, which took place July 12 in Las Vegas, was released by the NAC on Monday.

Kamaru Usman, who won the final bout of “TUF 21” to claim $300,000 for the Blackzilians team, is also facing a possible six months on the sideline. “The Nigerian Nightmare” will need to have his left rib cage and left knee evaluated and cleared by a doctor, or else sit out until Jan. 12.

Usman’s teammate, Vicente Luque, could also be out until January unless he has his right hand third metacarpal OK’d by a physician. Other fighters from the event looking at possible six-month suspensions are strawweight Michelle Waterson (right hand) and middleweight Caio Magalhaes (nose).

‘The Ultimate Fighter 21’ Finale Medical Suspensions


Stephen Thompson: Must have right heel X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 12. Minimum suspension and no contest until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3.

Jake Ellenberger: Suspended until Aug. 27, with no contact until Aug. 12 due to lacerations.

Kamaru Usman: Must have left rib cage X-rayed to rule out fracture and left knee evaluated; if either is positive, must be cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 12. Minimum suspension and no contest until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3.

Hayder Hassan: Suspended until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3.

Vicente Luque: Must have right hand third metacarpal X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 12. Minimum suspension and no contest until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3.

Cezar Ferreira: Suspended until Aug. 27, with no contact until Aug. 12.

George Sullivan: Suspended until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3 due to forehead laceration.

Dominic Waters: Suspended until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3 due to left eyebrow laceration.

Caio Magalhaes: Must have nose X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 12. Minimum suspension and no contest until Aug. 27, with no contact until Aug. 12.

Michelle Waterson: Must have right hand X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 12. Minimum suspension and no contest until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3.

Angela Magana: Suspended until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3.

Mike de la Torre: Suspended until Aug. 27, with no contact until Aug. 3.

Trevor Smith: Must have left hand X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 12.

Dan Miller: Must have nasal fracture cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 12.

Darrell Montague: Suspended until Aug. 12, with no contact until Aug. 3 due to lip laceration.

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