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UFC Norfolk medical suspensions: Raphael Assuncao, John Dodson potentially out 180 days

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UFC bantamweight contenders Raphael Assuncao and John Dodson led a list of four fighters to receive potential 180-day medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC Norfolk, according to information released to MMA Fighting on Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation, which oversaw the event.

Assuncao scored a highlight-reel knockout over Matthew Lopez on the night’s main card, while Dodson lost a hard-fought split decision to Marlon Moraes in a featured bout. As a result of damage accrued from their respective fights, both Assuncao (right ankle) and Dodson (left hand) will be forced seek physician’s clearance on potential injuries or sit out six months before returning to active competition, per Virginia officials.

The two other fighters who received similar potential 180-day suspensions were Nate Marquardt (face) and Nina Ansaroff (left knee).

UFC Norfolk took place Nov. 11 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The night’s main card aired live on FOX Sports 1.

A complete list of UFC Norfolk’s medical suspensions can be seen below.

  • Nate Marquardt: 180 days/30-day minimum or cleared by face CT
  • Raphael Assuncao: 180 days/30-day minimum or cleared by x-ray of right ankle
  • John Dodson: 180 days or cleared by x-ray of left hand
  • Nina Ansaroff: 180 days/30 day-minimum or cleared by MRI of left knee
  • Anthony Pettis: 60 days
  • Diego Sanchez: 60 days
  • Cezar Ferreira: 60 days
  • Matthew Lopez: 60 days (KO)
  • Joe Lauzon: 45 days
  • Court McGee: 45 days
  • Dustin Poirier: 30 days
  • Junior Albini: 30 days
  • Marlon Moraes: 30 days
  • Michel Quinones: 30 days


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