Four UFC 123 Fighters Suspended, Two Must Get Medically Cleared

November 24, 2010
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The recent UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida event at The Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit produced only four post-fight suspensions, according to the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission.

BJ Penn Matt Hughes UFC 123

BJ Penn KO's Matt Hughes at UFC 123

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes received the heftiest suspension, totaling 60 days. He was knocked out by B.J. Penn 21 seconds into their rubber match, putting Penn up 2-1 in their trilogy of fights.

The remaining three suspensions all came from the preliminary portion of the fight card. Karo Parisyan, Mike Lullo, and T.J. O’Brien all received 30-day suspensions. Parisyan was also cut loose by the UFC following his loss.

Two fighters, Lullo and main card fighter George Sotiropolous, who won his fight with Joe Lauzon, were noted as having an undisclosed medical concern following each of their bouts. Both must be cleared by a physician prior to competing again, though that does not technically constitute a suspension for Sotiropoulos.

Even if cleared by a physician, however, Lullo must complete his 30-day suspension prior to fighting again.

Sotiropoulos is already expected to face Dennis Siver on Feb. 27, 2011, at UFC 127 in Australia.

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