Five UFC 94 Fighters Receive Medical Suspensions

Written by Tom Ngo
February 2nd, 2009

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that five UFC 94 contestants will be sidelined for various amounts of time resulting from injuries sustained in their respective fights on Saturday night. Main event fighter BJ Penn is among the unfortunate five that will be required to sit.

Penn, who suffered through four dominating rounds at the hands of welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, is suspended for precautionary reasons until March 18th, with no contact allowed during training until March 3rd.

Thiago Silva, who was knocked out by light heavyweight top contender Lyoto Machida just as the 1stRound horn sounded, will also be forced to remain idle until March 18th, with no contact until March 3rd for precautionary reasons.

Stephan Bonnar put on the worst performance of his career, as Jon Jones dominated the former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” finalist in unanimous decision victory. Bonnar is suspended until March 3rd, with no contact until February 22nd due to a scalp laceration.

Akihiro Gono is suspended until March 3rd, with no contact until February 22nd for precautionary reasons. Gono lost a tough-fought unanimous decision to former 170-pound top contender Jon Fitch.

Chris Wilson lost a close split decision to John Howard, earning each fighter an additional $65,000 for co-Fight of the Night honors. That is where the good news ended for Wilson, as he received the lengthiest suspension due to a broken nose. He will be sidelined until July 3rd, though it is possible he can be cleared by a doctor earlier. Regardless, he can’t have any contact until March 3rd.

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