Fabricio Werdum upset Cain Velasquez to unify the heavyweight championship at UFC 188 on Saturday night, but he didn’t escape unscathed. In fact, Werdum topped the list of medical suspensions with potentially a much lengthier suspension than Velasquez.
Werdum bloodied Velasquez en route to a third-round submission finish to claim the belt. The cost was a potential six-month medical suspension, unless Werdum gets and MRI to clear his right knee and thumb, as well as a nasal x-ray. Velasquez’s injuries were superficial, with eyelid and eyebrow lacerations putting him on the sidelines for 45 days.
Co-main event winner Eddie Alvarez was also handed a six-month suspension unless he gets cleared by an ophthalmologist.
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Every fighter on the card received a minimum 7-day rest period.
Without a local athletic commission, the UFC self-regulated the event in Mexico City and released the medical suspensions to official record-keeper mixedmartialarts.com on Wednesday. UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum took place on Saturday, June 13, at Arena Ciudad de México.
UFC 188 Medical Suspensions
Fabricio Werbum: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by an MRI of right knee and right thumb, and a nasal x-ray
Cain Velasquez: Left upper eyelid and right eyebrow lacerations; Suspended 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
Eddie Alvarez: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by Ophthalmologist
Gilbert Melendez: Suspended 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Henry Cejudo: Nasal laceration; Suspended 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Alejandro Perez: Left infraorbital laceration; Suspended 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Francisco Trevino: Suspended 180 days unless cleared right knee by Orthopedist
Gabriel Benitez: Suspended 180 days unless cleared right wrist/knee and left thumb/foot by Orthopedist
Clay Collard: Upper lip laceration; Suspended 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact