There’s a saying that goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Fortunately, at least where the list of noteable medical suspensions stemming from this past Wednesday’s Fight Night 22 event in Austin were concerned, that wasn’t the case. The State’s Department of Licensing and Regulation recently released the information and, rather than a triage’s worth of injuries to heal from, only six of the evening’s participants will face more than the standard 10-day vacation from competition in the ring.
Brian Foster and Jared Hamman are both facing the longest mandatory break from action – six months – with undisclosed damage sustained in their respective bouts. Foster only needed a minute of his fight to defeat opponent Forrest Petz by TKO, while Hamman didn’t fare as well and lost a unanimous decision to Kyle Kingsbury at the event. Both men should be able to return sooner than the set date of March 15th, 2011 as long as they receive full clearance from a physician beforehand.
Also, one part of the night’s headlining match-up, Rousimar Palhares has been given a month off courtesy of the commission meaning he will be unable to fight again until October 16th, 2010. Palhares suffered a first-round TKO after failing to procure a leg-lock on opponent Nate Marquardt, then turning to complain and taking focus off Marquardt’s attack.
Here is a list of Fight Night 22 medical suspensions exceeding the minimum 10-day figure:
Forrest Petz (Suspended until 10/16/2010)
Brian Foster (Suspended until 3/15/2011)
David Mitchell (Suspended until 9/30/2010)
Rafael Natal (Suspended until 10/7/2010)
Jared Hamman (Suspended until 3/15/2011)
Rousimar Palhares (Suspended until 10/16/2010)