The Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission has just suspended five “UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida” fighters for various injuries sustained in their respective scraps on Saturday.
According to MMAjunkie.com, George Sotiropoulos and Mike Lullo will be forced to sit the sidelines indefinitely. Both athletes must be cleared by a physician before returning to competition.
Although Sotiropoulos submitted Joe Lauzon in a critical lightweight contest, he didn’t leave the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit unscathed. The Australian took a poke to the eye during their contest and was sent to the hospital after the show.
Thankfully, he returned for the post-fight press conference and claimed he shouldn’t have any problems with it once the redness subsides.
Lullo suffered a TKO loss to Octagon rookie Edson Barboza in another 155-pound battle. Barboza unleashed some vicious leg kicks throughout their meeting that would have made UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo proud.
The beating got so bad, it ultimately left Lullo without a leg to stand on – literally. The ref was forced to call the bout early in the 3rdRound.
Here is UFC 123’s complete IR:
George Sotiropoulos: Must be cleared by a physician before returning to competition.
Matt Hughes: Suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 60 days for precautionary reasons
Karo Parisyan: Suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Mike Lullo: Must be cleared by a physician before returning to competition. Even if cleared, he faces a minimum suspension of 30 days for precautionary reasons.
T.J. O’Brien: Suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 30 days for precautionary reasons