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Rich Franklin and Cung Le Face Six-Month Medical Suspensions

Written by Tom Ngo
November 15th, 2012
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UFC Light Heavyweight Rich Franklin

The UFC has medically suspended 13 athletes who competed in last Saturday’s “UFC on FUEL TV 6” event. Featured fighters Rich Franklin (Pictured) and Cung Le could be riding the pine for as long as six months.

Franklin needs to have his left thumb examined, while Le requires an x-ray on his right elbow before returning to action. Both fighters can come back sooner with a doctor’s note.

Regardless, Franklin will have to sit the sidelines for 45 days after getting viciously put to sleep by Le.

UFC on FUEL TV 6 took place inside Cotai Arena in Macau.

Because China lacks the governing body to sanction a mixed martial arts show, UFC officials oversaw the event – as customary with most out-of-country Octagon cards.

Here is the promotion’s official IR list (Courtesy of MMA.tv):

Tom DeBlass: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Yasuhiro Urushitani: 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact

Motonobu Tezuka: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Jeff Houghland: 60 days no contest, 45 days no contact

Jon Tuck: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact
Jon Tuck: 180 days or negative urinalysis and normal renal ultrasound
Jon Tuck: Indefinite; must have MRI of right shoulder

Tiequan Zhang: 180 days or orthopedic clearance of left thumb
Tiequan Zhang: Indefinite; must have ENT clearance of nasal fracture

Mac Danzig: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact
Mac Danzig: 180 days or negative x-ray of left thumb and left elbow

Takanori Gomi: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Paulo Thiago: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Stanislav Nedkov: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Thiago Silva: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact
Thiago Silva: 180 days or negative x-ray of right hand

Cung Le: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact
Cung Le: 180 days or negative x-ray of right elbow

Rich Franklin: 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact
Rich Franklin: 180 days or ortho. clearance of left thumb

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