UFC 189 Medical Suspensions: Chad Mendes, Rory MacDonald Facing 6-Month Layoffs

By Sherdog.com Staff Jul 13, 2015
Chad Mendes came away from UFC 189 with an injured hand. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



The bloody battles of UFC 189 yielded a lengthy list of medical suspensions.

Chad Mendes and Rory MacDonald -- who came up short in their respective bids for the UFC interim featherweight and welterweight titles -- are both facing potential six-month suspensions after their July 11 losses in Las Vegas. The list of medical suspensions was released Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Mendes suffered a second-round stoppage at the hands of Conor McGregor and came away from the bout with an injury to his right thumb. The Team Alpha Male fighter must have the finger X-rayed and cleared by a doctor, or he could be sidelined until Jan. 11.

MacDonald was halted in the fifth round when champion Robbie Lawler smashed his nose with a straight left hand. The “Red King” will need to have his nose, along with his injured right foot, cleared by a doctor if he is to return before January.

Other potential six-month suspensions from the event included featherweight Jeremy Stephens (possible left orbital fracture), bantamweight Thomas Almeida (nose injury) and welterweight Tim Means (finger injury).

UFC 189 Medical Suspensions


Conor McGregor: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for right eyebrow cut.

Chad Mendes: Must have right thumb X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 11. Minimum suspension until Aug. 2 with no contact until July 28.

Robbie Lawler: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for right lip laceration.

Rory MacDonald: Must have fractured nose and right foot cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 11. Minimum suspension until Sept. 10 with no contact until Aug. 26.

Jeremy Stephens: Must have sinus/facial CT scan to rule out left orbital fracture, or no contest until Jan. 11. Minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for right lip laceration.

Dennis Bermudez: Suspended until Sept. 6 with no contact until Aug. 23 for sinus injury and right lip laceration.

Brandon Thatch: Suspended until Sept. 10 with no contact until Aug. 26.

Thomas Almeida: Must have nose X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 11. Minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for lacerations.

Brad Pickett: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11.

Tim Means: Must have left fifth finger X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 11. Minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for lacerations.

Mike Swick: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for chin laceration.

Enrique Briones: Must have left fifth toe X-rayed and cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 11. Minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for lacerations.

Neil Seery: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for left eye laceration.

Cody Pfister: Must have right knee X-ray or MRI cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 11. Minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11.

Yosdenis Cedeno: Must have left groin cleared by doctor, or no contest until Jan. 11.

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