Fabricio Werdum faces a potential six-month suspension following UFC 188. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Fabricio Werdum may have put a serious beating on Cain Velasquez at UFC 188, but the new undisputed heavyweight champion is the one facing a potential six-month suspension following the June 13 event.
Werdum must receive MRI clearance of his right knee and right thumb as well as a nasal x-ray before he can compete again. The Brazilian submitted Velasquez with a guillotine choke 2:13 into the third round at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City this past Saturday night. Velasquez, meanwhile, cannot fight for 45 days or have contact for 30 due to injuries to his left upper eyelid and right eyebrow.
The UFC released the list of medical suspensions from the event to mixedmartialarts.com. Since there is no sanctioning organization for mixed martial arts in Mexico City, the UFC acted as its own regulating body for the event.
Eddie Alvarez is also facing six months on the sideline following his split-decision triumph over Gilbert Melendez in the evening’s co-main event. Alvarez must be cleared by an ophthalmologist before he can compete again. Gabriel Benitez and Francisco Trevino were also suspended 180 days pending medical clearance.
UFC 188 Medical Suspensions:
Fabricio Werdum: 180 days or clear MRI of R knee and R thumb and nasal x-ray
Eddie Alvarez: 180 days or clear by Ophthalmologist
Gilbert Melendez: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Clay Collard: Upper lip laceration; Suspension 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
Alejandro Perez: L infraorbital laceration; Suspension 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Henry Cejudo: Nasal laceration; Suspension 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Cain Velasquez: L upper eyelid and R eyebrow; Suspension 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
Gabriel Benitez: 180 days or clear R wrist/knee and L thumb/foot by Ortho
Francisco Trevino: 180 days or clear R knee by Ortho