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Extended layoffs in store for UFC 139 headliners Rua and Henderson

UFC 139 main event fighters Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson are facing extended suspensions after their epic five-round war in San Jose, California this past weekend unless receiving a doctor’s approval to return to action. Henderson won the bout via unanimous decision but, like Rua, went straight to the hospital after the show’s conclusion.

Both Rua and Henderson received 180 day sentences without contact unless a cleared by a physician. Rua’s is due to possible facial and skull fractures, while “Hendo” needs to have his hand checked out due to a possible right thumb fracture.

Wanderlei Silva received a 60-day suspension, while his opponent Cung Le received the same despite being stopped with strikes. Le is also out with no contact for 30 days.

Here is a full list of UFC 139 medical suspensions:

Shamar Bailey – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO

Gleison Tibau – Suspended for 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance via x-ray for possible right thumb fracture

Tom Lawlor – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to submission

Alex Soto – Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to knockout

Michael McDonald – Suspended for 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance via x-ray for a possible third finger fracture on his right hand

Jason Brilz – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO

Rick Story – Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving a clearance from a physician for a chin laceration

Martin Kampmann – Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician due to forehead and right eyebrow lacerations

Brian Bowles – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days

Cung Le – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO; suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician due to a possible nasal fracture

Wanderlei Silva – Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for a right eyebrow laceration

Mauricio Rua – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days; suspended 60 days with no contest for 60 days for an eyebrow laceration; suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for possible facial and skull fracture

Dan Henderson – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days; suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for a possible right thumb fracture. An MRI/CT scan is needed to be cleared

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5 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    Shogun is a beast. I was shocked he didn’t end up with a broken jaw after the haymakers he took in the 3rd round.

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  • climbarock says:

    I’ve watched this fight a couple times since the event and it’s still freakin’ amazing. Both guys took some hard shots, with Shogun getting the worst of it, and need some serious rest and recuperation time. The fact that Shogun kept coming forward the entire fight, even after the beating he took in the first 3 rounds, is crazy zombie shit. I’m pretty sure you’d need a baseball bat to actually knock him unconscious.

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  • fitfreak says:

    Why didn’t Shogun go for a submission at the end of the fifth round? It was obvious he wasn’t going to finish Hendo with strikes. Now he has to live with another loss, although I think it should have been a draw.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    He didn’t look like he had strength to give Dan a handshake, let alone an armbar.

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  • edub says:

    I think he just didn’t want to give up position (more that he didn’t wanna let Hendo get on top after a possible sweep/scramble). If you can get mount on Hendo over 4 times in a round, I’m sure you have strength to perform an armbar.

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