UFC Fight Night 123 Medical Suspensions: Sterling Sidelined Indefinitely After KO Defeat

By: Tristen Critchfield
Dec 14, 2017


Aljamain Sterling is looking at an indefinite medical suspension following his knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 this past Saturday night.

The California State Athletic Commission recently released medical suspensions from the event, which took place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. Sterling was knocked out by a Moraes knee 67 seconds into their featured bantamweight contest. “Funkmaster” requires neurologist clearance before he can compete again. At the minimum, Sterling is suspended 45 days with 30 days of no contact.

Moraes did not escape unscathed, however, as he requires doctor clearance on a possible fracture to his right hand in order to have a 180-day suspension lifted.

Four other fighters from UFC Fight Night 123 are looking at six months on the shelf: Gabriel Benitez (left ankle, right eye, left elbow), Scott Holtzman (right thumb), Benito Lopez (nose) and Davi Ramos (left tibia).

UFC Fight Night 123 Medical Suspensions:

Aljamain Sterling: Requires mandatory neurologist clearance or suspended indefinitely; suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to KO

Markus Perez: Requires mandatory neurologist clearance or suspended indefinitely; suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to hard bout

Gabriel Benitez: Requires doctor’s clearance on possible fracture to left ankle, right eye, and left elbow or suspended 180 days

Marlon Moraes: Requires doctor’s clearance on possible fracture to right hand five digit or suspended 180 days

Scott Holtzman: Requires doctor’s clearance on possible fracture to right thumb and loose teeth or suspended 180 days; requires doctor’s clearance on laceration to forehead or suspended 60 days

Benito Lopez: Requires doctor’s clearance on possible fracture to nose or suspended 180 days

Davi Ramos: Requires doctor’s clearance on possible fracture to left tibia or suspended 180 days

Merab Dvalishvili: Requires doctor’s clearance on laceration to right eyelid or suspended 60 days

Luke Sanders: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to TKO loss

Antonio Braga Neto: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to KO loss

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