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“Cowboy” Cerrone gets lengthy suspension following loss to McGregor

Fan favourite Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone was handed a lengthy medical suspension after his 40 second loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 248 

The dust has settled from UFC 246, an event that saw the triumphant return of Irish superstar Conor McGregor. The event would be less than stellar for opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who lost via 40 second TKO – his third straight T/KO loss. Now he has been handed a long medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), obtained by MMA Junkie. “Cowboy” is facing a 180 day suspension for a nasal and orbital fractures sustained in the fight with McGregor, who in turn did not absorb a single strike. Cerrone can, however, be cleared earlier by a physician if he shows, following a speedy recovery.

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“Cowboy” was not the only one handed a lengthy suspension, however. Sodiq Yusuff, Maycee Barber, Anthony Pettis, Diego Ferreira and Maurice Greene all earned 180 preemptive suspensions, and can, like Cerrone, be cleared earlier by a physician. Barber was the one out of the above that received the most apparent injury. She showed clear problems with her left knee during and after the fight with Roxanne Modafferi, in which the latter scored the biggest upset on the card. Barber cried out in visible pain during the fight, and required assistance leaving the cage.

The medical suspension that “Cowboy” received, as well as all other fighters, can be found below.

UFC 246 medical suspensions:

  • J.J. Aldrich: Suspended 180 days or until right hand x-ray is cleared by physician; also suspended 21 days with no contact for 14 days
  • Sabina Mazo: No suspension
  • Justin Ledet: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Aleksa Camur: No suspension
  • Nasrat Haqparast: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days
  • Tim Elliott: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
  • Askar Askarov: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Andre Fili: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Sodiq Yusuff: Suspended 180 days or until right foot x-ray is cleared by physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Maycee Barber: Suspended 180 days or until left knee MRI is cleared by orthopedic physician; also suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days do to laceration on left side of forehead
  • Roxanne Modafferi: No suspension
  • Anthony Pettis: Suspended 180 days or until right foot is cleared by orthopedic physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Diego Ferreira: Suspended 180 days or until right knee MRI is cleared by orthopedic physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Ode Osbourne: Suspended 21 days
  • Brian Kelleher: No suspension
  • Maurice Greene: Suspended 180 days or until right elbow MRI and right foot x-ray are cleared by orthopedic physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Aleksei Oleinik: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
  • Raquel Pennington: No suspension
  • Holly Holm: No suspension
  • Conor McGregor: No suspension
  • Donald Cerrone: Suspended 180 days or until nasal fracture and possible mild orbital fracture are cleared by maxillofacial physician; also suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com
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