UFC 209 Medical Suspensions: Three Fighters Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs

By: Tristen Critchfield
Mar 7, 2017


Luke Sanders, Mark Godbeer and Tyson Pedro are all facing lengthy layoffs following UFC 209 this past Saturday.

The Nevada Athletic Commission released a full list of medical suspensions from the event, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and saw Tyron Woodley retain his welterweight crown with a majority decision over Stephen Thompson in the evening’s main event. Thompson is suspended until April 4 with no contact until March 26 due to lacerations on his forehead and left eye, while Woodley emerged with a clean bill of health.

Meanwhile, Sanders, who lost to Iuri Alcantara via second-round kneebar, is out until Sept. 1 unless he is cleared by an orthopedic doctor for a possible left hand injury. Otherwise he is suspended with no contract until April 19.

Godbeer, who took a unanimous verdict over Daniel Spitz in a heavyweight bout, is also sidelined six months unless he receives medical clearance for a possible right hand injury. At a minimum, Godbeer is suspended until April 4 with no contact until March 26.

Pedro, who defeated Paul Craig via first-round technical knockout, is facing six months on the shelf unless he receives orthopedic clearance for a potential right hand injury. Regardless, he is suspended until April 4 with no contact until March 26.

Stephen Thompson: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to multiple lacerations (forehead, left eye)

David Teymur: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons

Landon Vannata: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to a right-cheek laceration

Rashad Evans: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 for precautionary reasons

Mark Hunt: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons

Luis Henrique: suspended until May 4 with no contact during training until April 4 due to multiple lacerations (left eyelid and left eyebrow)

Darren Elkins: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 due to multiple lacerations (right eyebrow and bridge of nose)

Mirsad Bektic: suspended until April 19 with no contact during training until April 4 for precautionary reasons

Iuri Alcantara: suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to lacerations near left ear and knuckles

Luke Sanders: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible left-hand injury; regardless, suspended and no contact during training until April 19

Mark Godbeer: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible right-hand injury; regardless, suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26

Daniel Spitz: no suspension but must have a follow-up MRI by Feb. 27, 2017

Tyson Pedro: suspended until Sept. 1, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early from a possible right-hand injury; regardless, suspended until April 4 with no contact during training until March 26 due to a tongue laceration and left-eye swelling

Paul Craig: suspended until May 4 with no contact during training until April 4 due to a temporomandibular joint (jaw area) injury

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