UFC 126 Fighter Injuries and Suspensions

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The Nevada State Athletic commission released their report on the injuries resulting from UFC 126 and who is medically suspended as a result.

MMAMania.com has the complete list:

Vitor Belfort: Suspended until March 23, 2011, with no contact March 8, 2011.

Forrest Griffin: Suspended until August 5, 2011, with a possible right foot injury that requires x-rays unless cleared by an orthopedic doctor to return sooner.

Jake Ellenberger: Suspended until August 5, 2011, with possible injuries to both hands that require x-rays unless cleared by an orthopedic doctor to return sooner.

Carlos Eduardo Rocha: Suspended until March 23, 2011, with no contact March 8, 2011, for a scalp laceration.

Paul Kelly: Suspended until March 23, 2011, with no contact March 8, 2011, for a right eyebrow laceration.

Michihiro Omigawa: Suspended until April 11, 2011, with no contact April 11, 2011, for a right eyebrow laceration and head blows.

Chad Mendes: Suspended until March 23, 2011, with no contact March 8, 2011.

Gabe Reudiger: Suspended until April 11, 2011, with no contact April 11, 2011, for a right eyebrow laceration and head blows.

Ricardo Romero: Suspended until March 23, 2011, with no contact March 8, 2011.

Kenny Robertson: Suspended until March 23, 2011, with no contact March 8, 2011.

Some of these documentations are mere medical formalities. Fighters can return much quicker to action with doctor's providing clearance to the commission. Still, it's worth taking inventory of the injuries not just for fighter safety, but in prognosticating potential match-ups.

The one injury that stands at as potentially troubling is Forrest Griffin's broken right foot. Griffin's already absorbed an inordinate amount of damage during his career his UFC 126 bout against Rich Franklin was his first after a year layoff from injury. It'll be interesting to see how quickly the former UFC light heavyweight champion is able to rebound from what is mistakenly viewed as a small and easily repairable injury.

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