UFC Champ Cain Velasquez Not Suspended Until April; Texas Clarifies Suspension Error

October 30, 2013
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Cain Velasquez Oct 2013 LogoFollowing his domination of Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19 in Houston, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was baffled to find out that he had been medically suspended by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) due to a possible fractured jaw.

He was sore following five rounds of punishing dos Santos, but other than that, he suffered no ill effects outside of the usual cuts and bruises.

“There is nothing wrong whatsoever with (Velasquez’s) jaw or anything else,” Heidi Seibert, a spokesperson for Velasquez’s camp, told MMAWeekly.com at the time.

“He left fight, went straight to his party, eating and enjoying family and friends. He’s been to the amusement park with his daughter already. He is totally fine.”

The mystery came to an end on Wednesday when Susan Stanford, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, told MMAWeekly.com that the initial medical suspension was posted incorrectly.

It should have read that Velasquez received the usual mandatory three-days-per-round cautionary suspension, putting him out until Nov. 3, 2013, instead of April 18, 2014.

His challenger was initially suspended indefinitely pending clearance by an ear, nose, and throat doctor, which was partially correct.

dos Santos’ initial suspension was due to possible nasal issues and still stands. He also should have had the 180-day minimum suspension for a possible fractured jaw that was attributed to Velasquez.

So, in the end, Cain Velasquez is suspended until Nov. 3, as is mandatory in Texas due to its three-days of precautionary suspension per round of action. Junior dos Santos is suspended for a minimum of 180 days. He will require clearance by a maxio-facial specialist for his jaw, and an ear, nose, and throat doctor for his nose.

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  • robc

    Don’t see what the big deal is. He probably won’t be fighting again for another few months regardless

    • Cameron Merryman

      I doubt hell fight til the end of next year

      • Kris-tyahn

        WaitWHAT?!? Why would he wait a year to fight again, especially if he’s healthy?! That’s make absolutely no sense, that’s just stupid. Fighters like to fight, Cain will not just fight once in 2014, especially if he’s healthy. He will fight Werdum in April or May if both are healthy, and he’ll fight again sometime in the 3rd quarter if the 2014 year. He will fight at least twice if not 3 times in 2014. If he stays healthy, if not, then he will only fight twice.

        • Cameron Merryman

          How many times had Silva fought in a years time? Now that silvas out of the picture, Cains the highest up champ and they never have good champions fight often

    • Kris-tyahn

      It actually means ALOT, bc if he wasnt able to train…. Train until Feb or March, means he wouldn’t be able to fight until the end if the summer or beginning of Spetember. That’s an eternity in the fight world, especially with NO serious injury. Now he’ll be able to fight Werdum in April or May.