UFC on Fox 4 Medical Suspensions: Headliners ‘Shogun’ Rua, Brandon Vera Out at Least 45 Days

By Mike Whitman Aug 9, 2012



Eleven fighters were medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following UFC on Fox 4, including three of the four light heavyweights vying for a title shot at the Aug. 4 event.

Victorious headliner Mauricio Rua was suspended 45 days following his fourth-round knockout of Brandon Vera at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Vera, meanwhile, was suspended 60 days for a facial laceration, though he may be cleared early by a physician. Regardless, like Rua, “The Truth” must spend at least 45 days on the shelf due to the intense nature of his bout.

UFC on Fox 4 marked the Las Vegas-based promotion’s third effort on Fox’s flagship network in 2012 and saw karate stylist Lyoto Machida knock out “Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader in the second round of their co-headlining attraction. Bader received a 45-day suspension for his efforts, while Machida was awarded a crack at the winner of Jon Jones’ Sept. 1 title defense against former two-division Pride Fighting Championships king Dan Henderson.

Also of note, main draw competitor Jamie Varner was suspended 180 days for a possible right hand fracture. The same fate befell returning welterweight Mike Swick and British powerhouse Oli Thompson, who were also handed six-month suspensions for various injuries. All three men may be cleared early by a physician. Meanwhile, DaMarques Johnson and Wagner Prado were suspended indefinitely and must receive physician approval before returning to competition.

UFC on Fox 4 Medical Suspensions:

Mauricio Rua: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for hard bout

Brandon Vera: Suspended 60 days with no contact for cut on left suborbital but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for hard bout

Ryan Bader: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for knockout

Jamie Varner: Suspended 180 days with no contact for possible right hand fracture but may be cleared early by physician

Mike Swick: Suspended 180 days with no contact for right ankle and elbow pain but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, suspended 60 days with no contact for cut on right eyelid

DaMarques Johnson: Suspended indefinitely until given neurological clearance; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for knockout

Cole Miller: Suspended 60 days with no contact for right hand pain, left middle finger pain and suborbital cut but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for hard bout

Wagner Prado: Suspended indefinitely until right eye cleared by ophthalmologist

Oli Thompson: Suspended 180 days with no contact for nasal fracture but may be cleared early by physician

John Moraga: Suspended 60 days with no contact for cut on right eyebrow but may be cleared early by physician

Ulysses Gomez: Suspended 60 days with no contact for cut on forehead but may be cleared early by physician; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for knockout

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