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Three Strikeforce fighters sidelined until mid-2011 due to medical suspensions

According to the California State Athletic Commission, KJ Noons, Josh Thomson, and JZ Cavalcante have all received a mandatory six-month vacation from the California State Athletic Commission due to damage sustained in their bouts at last weekend’s “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Noons II” event.

Noons, who broke both his jaw and left thumb during his five-round scrap with 170-pound champ Nick Diaz, has been suspended for 180 days in lieu of the injuries and will require the clearance of a physician before returning to competition.

News of the suspensions was issued by the CSAC and reported by MMAJunkie.

Thomson and Cavalcante will join Noons in his six-month break from the ring due to different injuries. Thomson was listed as having incurred a broken hand and possible knee injury during his contendership-determining bout with the American Top Team-trained Brazilian, while Cavalcante is mentioned as having possibly injured his shoulder. Both will be allowed to return to the cage with a doctor’s clearance.

Here is a complete rundown of medical suspensions related to “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Noons II”…

Luis Mendoza – Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to pre
David Marshall – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days due to facial lacerations
Andre Galvao – Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days precautionary reasons
Gesias Cavalcante – Suspended for 180 days due to possible torn rotator cuff
Josh Thomson – Suspended 180 days due to fracture of right-hand, left-knee injury
KJ Noons – Suspended 180 days due to fracture of mandible, left-thumb
Nick Diaz – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days due to facial lacerations

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