Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua facing potential six-month medical suspensions

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It appears participating in a five-round war considered by many to be one of the best fights in the history of MMA comes with a steep price-tag as Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua learned this week on the heels of their epic encounter at UFC 139.

According to the California State Athletic Commission, both light heavyweights could be out of action for six months unless receiving a physician’s clearance relating to damage each man sustained during the headlining bout. At minimum it appears each will be sidelined for sixty days, an understandable sentence considering each went all-out for 25 minutes this past Saturday night with near finishes on both sides.

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Specifically, the CSAC listed Henderson as having a “possible right thumb fracture”, while “Shogun” may have suffered a “possible facial and skull fracture”. Both iconic 205ers were noticeably absent from the UFC 139 post-event press conference after being taken to the hospital after the show’s conclusion.

Here is a full list of UFC 139 medical suspensions:

Shamar Bailey ”“ Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO
Gleison Tibau ”“ Suspended for 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance via x-ray for possible right thumb fracture
Tom Lawlor ”“ Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to submission
Alex Soto ”“ Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to knockout
Michael McDonald ”“ Suspended for 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance via x-ray for a possible third finger fracture on his right hand
Jason Brilz ”“ Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO
Rick Story ”“ Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving a clearance from a physician for a chin laceration
Martin Kampmann ”“ Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician due to forehead and right eyebrow lacerations
Brian Bowles ”“ Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Cung Le ”“ Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO; suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician due to a possible nasal fracture
Wanderlei Silva ”“ Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for a right eyebrow laceration
Mauricio Rua ”“ Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days; suspended 60 days with no contest for 60 days for an eyebrow laceration; suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for possible facial and skull fracture
Dan Henderson ”“ Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days; suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for a possible right thumb fracture. An MRI/CT scan is needed to be cleared

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