Following a less than spectacular night of MMA action, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board issued medical suspensions for six “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” fighters, and one disciplinary suspension for unsportsmanlike behavior.
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that middleweight Rousimar Palhares was issued a 90-day break for refusing to release a fight-ending heel-hook on Tomasz Drwal in the opening ticks of their contest.
After grabbing hold of Drwal’s left leg, he cranked his foot until the Polish slugger was forced to tap. Unfortunately, Palhares failed to recognize the submission and would not release the hold until referee Kevin Mulhall dragged him off the severely injured Drawl.
Drwal was screaming in pain following the stunt and has been placed on the IR until he gets an X-ray on his left knee and ankle to determine the extent of his injury.
Matthew Riddle was well on his way to collecting a decision victory before Greg Soto decided to throw an illegal upkick to Riddle’s dome. The Arizona native was out for a short period following the strike and will need to present a clean CT scan before returning to action.
Here is the entire rundown of the UFC 111 medical suspensions:
Frank Mir: Suspended 30 days for precautionary reasons
Mark Bocek: Suspended 30 days for scalp laceration
Rory Markham: Suspended 30 days for facial laceration
Rousimar Palhares: Suspended 90 days for disciplinary reasons
Tomasz Drwal: Suspended indefinitely pending X-ray of left knee and ankle
Jared Hamman: Suspended indefinitely pending X-rays of right foot; also suspended minimum of 60 days due to lacerations on right foot
Matthew Riddle: Suspended indefinitely pending CT scan