UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson received an indefinite medical suspension following his victory at UFC 150. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with the Colorado Office of Boxing on Thursday. Henderson must receive clearance from a physician before he defends his title against Nate Diaz on Dec. 8.
The champion earned a split-decision victory over ex-titlist Frankie Edgar on Saturday night in the UFC 150 headliner. The event took place at the Pepsi Center in Denver and also saw Donald Cerrone knock out former teammate Melvin Guillard in the co-main event. Guillard was handed a 60-day suspension as a result.
Featherweight Justin Lawrence and middleweight Jared Hamman must also sit out a minimum of 60 days after being knocked out by Max Holloway and Michael Kuiper, respectively. Additionally, Lawrence must receive doctor’s clearance before returning to action. Meanwhile, Dustin Pague and Eiji Mitsuoka will be out 45 days, while Buddy Roberts and Ken Stone received 30-day suspensions.
Henderson and Edgar first met at UFC 144 this past February, with “Smooth” wresting the title from Edgar in a hard-fought unanimous decision. Though that bout proved competitive enough for some to score the fight in favor of “The Answer,” the most recent clash of lightweights proved to be even more polarizing. Regardless, Henderson now moves on to his next challenge: facing Diaz in the UFC on Fox 5 main event.
UFC 150 Medical Suspensions:
Benson Henderson: Must be cleared by a physician
Melvin Guillard: Suspended 60 days
Jared Hamman: Suspended 60 days
Justin Lawrence: Suspended 60 days and must be cleared by a physician
Dustin Pague: Suspended 45 days
Eiji Mitsuoka: Suspended 45 days
Ken Stone: Suspended 30 days
Buddy Roberts: Suspended 30 days