UFC 146 Medical Suspensions: Velasquez, ‘Pezao’ Face Potential 6-Month Layoffs

By Mike Whitman May 29, 2012
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez could be out up to six months following his technical knockout of Antonio Silva at UFC 146 last Saturday night.

Nevada Athletic Commission officials Tuesday informed Sherdog.com that Velasquez must undergo an X-ray on his left hand. If the heavyweight’s appendage is broken, he will face six months on the shelf, though he may be cleared early by a physician. Regardless, the NAC issued the American Kickboxing Academy ace a minimum suspension of one month.

Silva, who absorbed a flurry of hard shots in his co-headlining affair with Velasquez, must undergo a nasal X-ray. If those results come back positive, Silva must also sit out until Nov. 20 unless he is cleared early by a physician.

UFC 146 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was headlined by a heavyweight title bout between reigning champion Junior dos Santos and former belt holder Frank Mir. “Cigano” knocked Mir out in the second round of their five-frame main event, sending the former champion to the mat with a hard right straight and finishing the job with a hammer fist. Mir received a two-month suspension from the NAC.

Also receiving potential six-month suspensions for various injuries were Jamie Varner (right hand), Jason Miller (right thumb and left knee), C.B. Dollaway (left thumb) and Jacob Volkmann (left elbow), though all four men may be cleared early by a physician.

UFC 146 Medical Suspensions:

Frank Mir: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11.

Cain Velasquez: Suspended until Nov. 20 pending X-ray of left hand but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, minimum suspension until June 26 with no contact until June 17

Antonio Silva: Suspended until Nov. 20 pending nasal X-ray but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, minimum suspension until July 23 with no contact until July 11 for lacerations

Dave Herman: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11

Stipe Miocic: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17

Shane del Rosario: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11

Lavar Johnson: Must see an orthopedic physician and have left elbow evaluated within 30 days; minimum suspension until July 11 with no contact until June 26

Darren Elkins: Suspended June 26 with no contact until June 17 for left ear hematoma and tough fight

Diego Brandao: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17 for tough fight

Edson Barboza: Suspended until July 11 with no contact until June 26

Jamie Varner: Suspended until Nov. 20 pending X-ray on right hand but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, minimum suspension until June 26 with no contact until June 17

Jason Miller: Suspended until Nov. 20 for right thumb and left knee injuries but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, minimum suspension until July 11 with no contact until June 26

C.B. Dollaway: Suspended until Nov. 20 pending left thumb X-ray but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, minimum suspension until June 26 with no contact until June 17

Duane Ludwig: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11

Jacob Volkmann: Suspended until Nov. 20 but may have left elbow cleared early by physician

Mike Thomas Brown: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17 for forehead laceration

Daniel Pineda: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17 for tough fight

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