UFC 209 Medical Suspensions: Three Fighters Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 7, 2017


Luke Sanders, Mark Godbeer and Tyson Pedro are all facing lengthy layoffs following UFC 209 this past Saturday.

The Nevada Athletic Commission released a full list of medical suspensions from the event, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and saw Tyron Woodley retain his welterweight crown with a majority decision over Stephen Thompson in the evening’s main event. Thompson is suspended until April 4 with no contact until March 26 due to lacerations on his forehead and left eye, while Woodley emerged with a clean bill of health.

Meanwhile, Sanders, who lost to Iuri Alcantara via second-round kneebar, is out until Sept. 1 unless he is cleared by an orthopedic doctor for a possible left hand injury. Otherwise he is suspended with no contract until April 19.

Godbeer, who took a unanimous verdict over Daniel Spitz in a heavyweight bout, is also sidelined six months unless he receives medical clearance for a possible right hand injury. At a minimum, Godbeer is suspended until April 4 with no contact until March 26.

Pedro, who defeated Paul Craig via first-round technical knockout, is facing six months on the shelf unless he receives orthopedic clearance for a potential right hand injury. Regardless, he is suspended until April 4 with no contact until March 26.

Stephen Thompson: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to multiple lacerations (forehead, left eye)

David Teymur: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons

Landon Vannata: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to a right-cheek laceration

Rashad Evans: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 for precautionary reasons

Mark Hunt: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons

Luis Henrique: suspended until May 4 with no contact during training until April 4 due to multiple lacerations (left eyelid and left eyebrow)

Darren Elkins: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 due to multiple lacerations (right eyebrow and bridge of nose)

Mirsad Bektic: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons

Iuri Alcantara: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to lacerations near left ear and knuckles

Luke Sanders: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible left-hand injury; regardless, suspended and no contact during training until April 19

Mark Godbeer: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible right-hand injury; regardless, suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26

Daniel Spitz: no suspension but must have a follow-up MRI by Feb. 27, 2017

Tyson Pedro: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible right-hand injury; regardless, suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to a tongue laceration and left-eye swelling

Paul Craig: suspended until May 4 with no contact during training until April 4 due to a temporomandibular joint (jaw area) injury

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