Bellator 170 Medical Suspensions: Brennan Ward Sidelined Indefinitely After Brutal KO Defeat

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jan 25, 2017


Brennan Ward wound up on Paul Daley’s personal highlight reel at Bellator 170, and now he’ll be facing a lengthy layoff until he receives medical clearance.

Ward, who was knocked out by a flying knee 2:27 into the opening round of his welterweight encounter with Daley, has been suspended indefinitely pending neurologist clearance with a CT scan. He is also suspended 60 days with no contact unless cleared by a physician for a laceration on his left eye. At a minimum, Ward is suspended 45 days with 30 days of no contact due to a KO defeat.

The California State Athletic Commission recently released a full list of medical suspensions to MMAFighting.com. Bellator 170 took place at the Forum in Los Angeles this past Saturday and saw Tito Ortiz submit Chael Sonnen with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their light heavyweight headlining bout. Both Ortiz and Sonnen received mandatory seven-day medical suspensions.

Also of note, preliminary fighter Christian Gonzalez was handed an indefinite suspension for an unreported stab wound prior to the fight and for chest pain. Gonzalez suffered a second-round technical knockout loss against Daniel Rodriguez in the first bout of the evening.

Additionally, four fighters from Bellator 170 received potential six-month layoffs: Derek Anderson (tooth), Jamar Ocampo (jaw/rib), Rob Gooch (wrist) and Jack May (forearm).

Bellator 170 Medical Suspensions:

Brennan Ward: Indefinite suspension, requires neurologist clearance with a CT scan; suspended 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact unless cleared by physician due to laceration to left eye; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 no contact due to KO

Christian Gonzalez: Indefinite suspension (CSAC review) for unreported stab wound prior to fight and for chest pain; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to TKO

Derek Anderson: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by dentist for front tooth; minimum of 7-day mandatory rest

Jamar Ocampo: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for jaw/left rib pain; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to TKO

Rob Gooch: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to left wrist; minimum of 7-day mandatory rest

Jack May: Suspended 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact unless cleared by physician for possible fracture to right forearm; minimum of 7-day mandatory rest

Hisaki Kato: Suspended 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact unless cleared by physician due to laceration to left eye; minimum of 7-day mandatory rest

Georgi Karakhanyan: Suspended 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact unless cleared by ophthalmologist for right eye blurry; minimum of 7-day mandatory rest

Derek Campos: Suspended 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact unless cleared by physician due to laceration to right eyebrow; minimum of 7-day mandatory rest

Chinzo Machida: Suspended 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact unless cleared by physician due to laceration to right eyebrow; minimum of 7-day mandatory rest

Gabriel Green: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

Johhny Cisneros: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

Tommy Aaron: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

Ian Butler: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

Chrissie Daniels: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to hard bout

Cody Bollinger: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

John Mercurio: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to KO

Dave Cryer: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exceptions due to TKO

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