Urijah Faber Receives Medical Suspension Following WEC 52

Written by Tom Ngo
November 12th, 2010

WEC featherweight Urijah Faber

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended nine “WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki” fighters for various injuries sustained in their respective scraps. Five of those athletes could be riding the pine for as long as six months, including bantamweight superstar Urijah Faber.

NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie.com, Javier Vazquez, Raphael Assuncao, Clint Godfrey and Yves Jabouin are the other contestants facing half-year bans.

Faber had mentioned at the post-fight presser that his left shoulder was sore. Although, the 31-year-old did have full range of motion in the joints around the area. He can be cleared by an orthopedic doctor to return to action sooner. It’s likely his timetable will coincide with with happens at WEC 53.

Vazquez can also be cleared early if X-rays to his nasal and facial bones warrant an early release. Nevertheless, Vazquez is out a minimum of 45 days with no contact for 30.

Assuncao must visit an orthopedic doctor following X-rays to his right foot.

Godfrey and Jabouin can both be cleared prematurely, as well. Godfrey needs to have his left elbow checked out, while Jabouin’s left thumb requires attention.

Takeya Mizugaki, who opted to get choked completely unconscious by “The California Kid” instead of tapping, will be shelved 45 days for precautionary purposes. That suspension includes 30 days without contact.

Edward Faaloloto was issued a 30-day sabbatical, while Francisco Rivera and Zack Micklewright will have to sit the sidelines for 45 days.

Thursday night’s show took place inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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