UFC 181 Medical Suspensions: Anthony Pettis Could Be Out Up to Six Months

December 8, 2014
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UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis could face a medical suspension for as long as six months following his UFC 181 defense against Gilbert Melendez.

The Nevada Athletic Commission released their medical suspensions report on Monday. According to the report, Pettis must have his left hand x-rayed. If images are positive, the 155-pound champ will require no contact until June 6, 2015 or get clearance from a doctor to compete earlier.

Following a split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler in the main event, now-former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks faces a one-month suspension. Hendricks is to have no contact until Dec. 28.

Other notable suspensions include Abel Trujillo, who suffered a fractured nose in his loss to Tony Ferguson. Trujillo faces a six-month suspension until June 6, 2015. He can compete earlier, but no sooner than Jan. 6, 2015 and with a physician’s clearance.

Other UFC 181 suspensions are as follows:

  • Brendan Schaub: Suspended until Feb. 5, 2015.
  • Anthony Hamilton: Suspended until Jan. 21, 2015. No contact until Jan. 6, 2015 (right forehead laceration).
  • Todd Duffee: Suspended until Jan. 6, 2015. No contact until Dec. 28 (forehead laceration).
  • Tony Ferguson: Suspended until Jan. 21, 2015. No contact until Jan. 6, 2015 (right forehead laceration).
  • Francisco Rivera: Must have left eye abrasion cleared by an ophthalmologist or no contest until June 6, 2015.
  • Edward Gordon: Must have a post-concussive clearance from a neurologist or sports medicine doctor prior to starting contact training. Minimum suspension no contest until March 7, 2015. No contact until Feb. 5, 2015.
  • Raquel Pennington: Suspended until Jan. 21, 2015. No contact until Jan. 6, 2015 (forehead laceration).
  • Matthew Hobar: Suspended until Jan. 6 2015. No contact until Dec. 28 (left-eye hematoma).
  • Sergio Pettis: Suspended until Jan. 6, 2015. No contact until Dec. 28.
  • Clay Collard: Must have left forearm cleared by an orthopedic physician or no contest until June 6, 2015. Minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 6, 2015. No contact until Dec. 28.
  • Alexander White: Suspended until Jan. 6, 2015. No contact until Dec. 28 (left-eyebrow laceration).

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  • WHAT !?

    Might as well take a year and let the division stack up

    • Seth

      Its not like he would fight withing 6 months anyway, but it sucks – especially if you look how much time he lost already with previous injuries and TUF… :/ Dude has so bad luck lately…

      • asd

        Why wouldn’t he? There’s no shortage of contenders waiting to fight for the belt.

        • Seth

          Count time frame of at least 3 months to get fighters ready. Chance that his next fight would be announced within next month is slim so that gives you at least 4 months. With UFC business model they would have to figure out which card is the best for him. We don’t know any PPVs location after 184, when Weidman takes on Belfot in California, so we have no idea where those cards will be hosted, which means we can’t tell where it makes most sense to put Pettis. That’s why I doubt he would fight within 6 months anyway. But tricky part is that this suspension means his next fight will happen not sooner than in 8-9months :/

  • shakejunt

    khabib likes this news.

    if negative though, line pettis up for march/april with rda/diaz or jury if he beats cowboy and have khabib wait until summer.

    • Maddawgmar

      Khabib can’t fight in the summer. Ramadan prevents him from properly training for a fight…

      • shakejunt

        ah right, totally forgot about that.

        pettis is saying his hand is fine and khabib said he could be ready for april. that could work.

        or could still happen late summer. ramadan 2015 ends mid july so perhaps he could get a month long training camp before a late august fight?

        • Maddawgmar

          I can see Khabib in the spring. Then Khabib fighting Cerrone or RDA after Ramadan, I feel Khabib beats Pettis.

          • shakejunt

            i disagree, but only because pettis has fought and finished better competition. the whole “blueprint” idea feels a little silly when we’re talking about one of the best in the world.

          • Maddawgmar

            I agree, Pettis has fought and finished better opponents than Khabib has. But that isn’t the fault of Khabib. He has been trying to fight top ranked opponents for the last year or so, but no one wants to fight this guy. Gilbert, Nate, and Henderson all turned down a fight. Dana even mentioned no one wants to fight this kid. Cerrone and RDA was the only ones that stepped up, and Nurmy rag dolled RDA, would have done the same to Cerrone, but got hurt. I just feel the pressure Nurmy will put on Pettis will stifle his striking advantage.

          • shakejunt

            he certainly has a shot. my knock on khabib is that he hasn’t looked like the monster we all thought he was in the tavares fight. he can grind and he can win, but he has fallen away from attempting to finish the fights and that’s gonna get him in trouble with someone like pettis.

  • Ballsdeep

    Petis said in a interview he would fight 4-5 times in 2015…… Ya right


    off course he’s out until Oct 2015