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Cain Velasquez could be on shelf for six months

Former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez made mention of a possible hand injury following his victory over Antonio Silva at UFC 146. Now, with the medical suspensions having been made public, it does in fact appear as though he could spend six months on the sidelines.

Velasquez will need to have an X-ray on his injured fighting utensil and could be out of action until November if the damage is severe. Regardless, he cannot fight until June 26 at the earliest.

Silva is also in need of some checking up following the punishment he took. “Bigfoot” is sidelined until November if anything is serious and until at least June 26.

Frank Mir, who lost in the main event to Junior dos Santos in a bout for the heavyweight title, is suspended until July 23 for precautionary reasons after the TKO defeat.

MMAJunkie confirmed the information with the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Here is a complete rundown of UFC 146 medical suspensions:

Mike Brown: Suspended until June 26 (forehead cut)
Daniel Pineda: Suspended until June 26 (tough fight)
Darren Elkins: Suspended until June 26 (left ear hematoma)
Diego Brandao: Suspended until June 26 (tough fight)
Jacob Volkmann: Suspended until November 20 unless cleared by a doctor (left elbow, right thumb, left knee)
Edson Barboza: Suspended until July 11 (TKO loss)
Jamie Varner: Suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor (right hand), minimum suspension until June 26 with no contact until June 17
Duane Ludwig: Suspended until July 23 (TKO loss)
Jason Miller: Suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor (right thumb, left knee), minimum suspension until July 11 with no contact until June 26 (tough fight)
C.B. Dollaway: Suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor(left thumb), minimum suspension until June 26 with no contact until June 17 (left thumb)
Lavar Johnson: Suspended until July 11 (left elbow)
Stipe Miocic: Suspended until June 26
Shane Del Rosario: Suspended until July 23 (TKO loss)
Dave Herman: Suspended until July 23 (TKO loss)
Cain Velasquez: Suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor (left hand), minimum suspension until June 26 with no contact until June 17
Antonio Silva: Suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor (nose), minimum suspension until July 23 with no contact until July 11
Frank Mir: Suspended until July 23 (TKO loss)

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

15 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    Bigfoot’s chin – 2, heavyweight contenders’ fists – 0.

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  • MCM says:

    Why is Barboza’s TKO loss worth less than everyone elses TKO losses? July 11 to others July 23.

    And when was the last time someone was suspended for “tough fight”? That one seems made up.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    How will this affect the JDS/Cain rematch? If he is out 6 months, then that means the earliest JDS will defend the belt again is 7-9 months, counting the training camp. Not to mention Cain might not want to go right into a title fight with him again after a lay off.

    Wonder if they will have someone else jump in to fill the time if Cain will be out that long. Struve is the only other person on a long win streak isnt he? Sadly I don’t think he’s ready though.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    If Overeem pulls a rabbit out of his hat, he can technically apply for a license as early as December 23rd.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I was hoping the Cain-JDS fight would headline the New Year’s Eve card anyway, so hopefully that works out. At least it’s a hand injury, which doesn’t completely shut down a training camp, with a large portion of the training/cardio still easily doable.

    But yeah, “tough fight” seems like a pretty silly explanation. What about “easy fight”? As in: “Easy fight: Get your ass back in the gym by June 1.”

    And wtih this Athletic Commission stuff, the suspensions make sense, which obviously prevents a guy from fighting during that period. But what about the “no contact” stuff? How would that be enforced? And what contact is involved? Can a guy still get on top of his wife?

    So many questions for Mr. Kizer.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I can’t get over the (tough fight) stuff…

    Rece Rock: Suspended until June 26 (bad day at the office)

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’m laughing hysterically at the “tough fight” suspension. Please, look at these FightMetric stats and tell me this was tough for anyone besides those of us unlucky enough to have been watching.

    I still stand by my statement that neither fighter looked like they belong in the UFC during that fight.

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  • trupert says:

    Hmmm, would the UFC do a JDS vs Werdum rematch if Werdum wins? Sometime in the Fall?
    would the UFC also do a Overeem vs Cain for #1 contender when they both come back around the same time in late Dec?
    Werdum/Russow is late June so 3 months minimum would be late Sept for a JDS/Werdum fight. If that’s the case then UFC probably would not do Overeem vs Cain in late Dec but just give one of those to JDS for NYE or in Jan. and have the other fight for #1 contender vs someone like hmmm, Carwin vs Hunt winner or Miocic vs Struve winner?
    Hmmm, lot of thinking to do if Cain really is out for 6 months.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Oh, my list was only partial:

    – Mike Kyle
    – Fedor
    – Daniel Cormier
    – Cain Velasquez

    All of these guys broke their hands on Bigfoot’s skull.

    Someone get this guy a sponsorship with milk damnit!

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I was hoping Cain and JDS both made it injury free. Now the chances of seeing the HW belt defended again this year appear slim to none.

    Unless Brock re signs to be fed to JDS which again, I don’t see happening.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Big Country tried to make a case for a shot at the post fight press conference but, just because you can sustain a beating for three rounds doesn’t mean it will be a good fight.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I like Big Country, but he has no business with a title shot without some good wins.

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  • MCM says:

    I love Big Country! But he’s best fighting the Gonzagas of the division. Wouldn’t mind seeing him and Hunt though.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’d like to see it. Hunt may be the first guy to KO the Big Man… if he doesn’t get tapped. Great potential fight.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    This is the drawback to having so many top guys in any one weight class compete in a short period of time.

    Just about all credible contenders are injured but, the champ is not.

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