All twenty-two individuals stepping into the Octagon on December 11 in Montreal at UFC 124 have been issued some form of medical suspension, though fortunately the bulk of the mandated breaks are shorter nature than the length of the list might lead one to believe. In fact, half of the involved fighters will be cleared for a return to full-contact training in the next few weeks.
The two primary exceptions to the basic precautionary pauses in action are Josh Koshcheck and Joe Stevenson. Koscheck, who suffered a broken orbital bone in his headlining loss to Georges St. Pierre, as well as Stevenson, who was knocked out by Mac Danzig earlier in the night, will both be taking a mandated vacation from their chosen profession for sixty days as a result of the damage incurred.
Dan Miller, Joe Doerksen, and Sean Pierson were all given 45-day suspensions, while six other UFC 124 competitors received a 30-day sentence including John Howard, Sean McCorkle, and Matt Riddle.
Also notable, 29-year old welterweight champ St. Pierre will be sidelined for 28-days based on his twenty-five minute walloping of Koscheck en route to his eighth straight victory. Based on the involved factors the suspension would be up in time to clear him for an attempt to win number nine against Jake Shields at UFC’s scheduled show in Toronto on April 30, 2011.
Here is a rundown of remaining UFC 124 suspension information:
21 Days: Thiago Alves, Jesse Bongfeld
14 Days: Ricardo Almeida, John Makdess
7 Days: Mark Bocek, Dustin Hazelett, Mac Danzig, Charles Oliveira, Jim Miller, Stefan Struve
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