Five fighters from last Saturdayâ€™s UFC 123 event have been issued medical suspensions by the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission.
Mike Lullo, who fought in the preliminaries, lost a brutal fight to rising star Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. when he was leg kicked into submission. George Sotiropoulos on the other hand, opened the pay-par-view event when he clashed with Joe Lauzon in a significant lightweight bout. Unlike Lullo, Sotiropoulos earned a second round victory when he submitted Lauzon with a kimura. Both men have been suspended indefinitely; they now await doctorâ€™s clearance before theyâ€™ll be eligible for competition.
Lullo will automatically face a 30 day suspension as a precautionary measure, though heâ€™ll ultimately need medical clearance before he looks to rebound from the loss.
Sotiropoulos faces no mandatory 30 day suspension, and as soon as his eye is okâ€™d by the doctor, heâ€™ll be good to go. Both Sotiropoulos and Dana White remain confident that the unintentional eye-poke delivered by Lauzon early in the fight will have no long term effect on the lightweight contender. White in fact is so confident in this that heâ€™s (as we previously reported) already delivered Sotiropoulosâ€™s next assignment: Dennis Siver, whom heâ€™ll meet at UFC 127.
Matt Hughes was also suspended for 60 days with a mandatory no contact ruling. Karo Parisyan and T.J. Brian received identical 30 day mandatory no contact suspensions as well. All three rulings are delivered as a precautionary step to ensure each fighterâ€™s safety.