UFC 189 Medical Suspensions: Chad Mendes and Rory MacDonald Out Up to 6 Months

Conor McGregor captured the interim UFC featherweight championship at UFC 189 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Despite a tough fight with Chad Mendes, he escaped mostly unscathed, facing a minimal medical suspension for a right eyebrow laceration.

Mendes, however, wasn’t so lucky. He and a handful of other fighters could be sidelined until January of 2016. He has to get his right thumb x-rayed and cleared by a doctor, or he’ll be sitting it out for quite a while, although he received a $500,000 payday to rest on if he does have to sit out.

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Rory MacDonald & Robbie Lawler hospital via Firas Zahabi sqRobbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald went through what could only be called a brutal war in the night’s co-main event. Lawler had a grotesque gash in his lip, but it wasn’t very serious, as he received some stitches and will only be out until Aug. 26.

MacDonald, on the other hand, is another fighter that could be sidelined until January. He suffered a fractured nose and right foot, and will have to get both cleared before he can return to the gym, let alone the Octagon.

The Nevada Athletic Commission released the full medical suspensions to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.

UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor took place on Saturday, July 11, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 189 Medical Suspensions

Conor McGregor: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for right eyebrow laceration.

Chad Mendes: Must have right thumb X-rayed and cleared by doctor or no contest until Jan. 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Aug. 2 with no contact until July 28.

Robbie Lawler: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for right lip laceration.

Rory MacDonald: Must have fractured nose and right foot cleared by a doctor or no contest until Jan. 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Sept. 10 with no contact until Aug. 26.

Jeremy Stephens: Must have sinus/facial CT scan to rule out left orbital fracture, or no contest until Jan. 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for right lip laceration.

Dennis Bermudez: Suspended until Sept. 6 with no contact until Aug. 23 for sinus injury and right lip laceration.

Brandon Thatch: Suspended until Sept. 10 with no contact until Aug. 26.

Thomas Almeida: Must have his nose X-rayed and cleared by a doctor or no contest until Jan. 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for lacerations.

Brad Pickett: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11.

Tim Means: Must have his left fifth finger X-rayed and cleared by a doctor or no contest until Jan. 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11.

Mike Swick: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for chin laceration.

Henry Briones: Must have his left fifth toe X-rayed and cleared by a doctor or no contest until Jan. 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for lacerations.

Neil Seery: Suspended until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11 for left eye laceration.

Cody Pfister: Must have right knee X-ray or MRI cleared by a doctor or no contest until Jan. 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Aug. 26 with no contact until Aug. 11.

Yosdenis Cedeno: Must have left groin cleared by a doctor or no contest until Jan. 11.

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