UFC Fight Night 138 Medical Suspensions: Anthony Smith, Volkan Oezdemir Facing 6 Months

By: Tristen Critchfield
Oct 30, 2018


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Both Anthony Smith and Volkan Oezdemir are facing six-month layoffs following their headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 138.

The New Brunswick Combat Sports Commission medical suspensions to MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 138 took place at Moncton Events Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada on Saturday and saw Smith submit Oezdemir in the main event with a rear-naked choke in the third stanza.

Smith, who is riding a three-fight winning streak at 205 pounds, is suspended 180 days until cleared by a chest and right hand x-ray. At a minimum, “Lion Heart is suspended 30 days with 21 days of no contact.

Oezdemir, meanwhile, is suspended 180 days unless he is cleared by a face CT and right ankle x-ray. At a minimum, he is out 30 days with 21 days no contact.

Five other fighters from UFC Fight Night 138 are facing six months on the shelf: Sean Strickland (left knee), Nordine Taleb (needs ophthalmologist clearance), Nasrat Haqparast (left hand), Chris Fishgold (right foot) and Marcelo Golm (right foot).

UFC Fight Night 138 Medical Suspensions:

Anthony Smith: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by chest x-ray and right hand x-ray; minimum suspension of 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Volkan Oezdemir: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by face CT and right ankle x-ray; minimum suspension of 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Sean Strickland: Suspended 180 days or until left knee cleared by doctor; minimum suspension of 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Nordine Taleb: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by ophthalmologist; minimum suspension of 60 days no contest, 45 days no contact

Nasrat Haqparast: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by left hand x-ray; minimum suspension of 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Chris Fishgold: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by right foot x-ray; minimum suspension of 60 days no contest, 45 days no contact

Marcelo Golm: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by right foot x-ray; minimum suspension of 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Ed Herman: Suspended 60 days

Gian Villante: Suspended 60 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Thibault Gouti: Suspended 60 days no contest, 45 days no contact

Te Edwards: Suspended 60 days no contest, 45 days no contact

Artem Lobov: Suspended 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Jonathan Martinez: Suspended 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Court McGee: Suspended 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Arjan Singh Bhullar: Suspended 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Stevie Ray: Suspended 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Jessin Ayari: Suspended 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact

Patrick Cummins: 14-day rest period

Andre Soukhamthath: 14-day rest period

Talita Bernardo: 14-day rest period

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