For those tuning in Saturday night into UFC 129’s headlining tilt between welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and top contender Jake Shields there was likely little doubt “Rush” would spend some time on the sidelines after complaining to his corner between rounds about an inability to see clearly out of his left eye. Fortunately, though St. Pierre will still be out of action for awhile due to damage sustained in the bout, the prognosis on his recovery is positive and no long term effects on his vision are expected.
According to the list of medical suspensions for UFC 129 issued by Ontario’s related regulatory board, St. Pierre has been given a mandatory two month break from competition and must receive an ophthalmologist’s clearance to receive the thumbs up on a return to the ring. In terms of specifics, a statement from one of the Canadian’s primary trainers – Greg Jackson – through MMAJunkie explained GSP had suffered internal bleeding due to an eye poke from Shields, not retinal damage, and was expected to make a full recovery.
Other UFC 129 main card athletes receiving sixty day suspensions include Mark Hominick and Randy Couture. While both men will require CT scans before getting back in the ring again, a process Couture likely won’t worry about given his retirement, the causes of their two month vocational vacations was ultimately different with Hominick’s being for precautionary reasons stemming from facial cuts/swelling and Couture’s being the typical sentence applied to fighters suffering a knockout.
Here is the complete rundown of UFC 129 medical suspensions:
Kyle Watson – Suspended 60 days due to left-eye laceration and knockout, CT scan required
Charlie Valencia – Suspended 60 days due to knockout, CT scan required
Sean Pierson – Suspended 60 days due to knockout, CT scan required
Jake Ellenberger – Suspended 45 days, must have X-ray due to possible hand injury
Nate Diaz – Suspended 45 days due to left-eye laceration
Mark Bocek – Suspended 30 days due to head laceration
Jason Brilz – Suspended 60 days due to knockout, CT scan required
Randy Couture – Suspended 60 days due to knockout, CT scan required
Mark Hominick – Suspended 60 days for precautionary reasons, CT scan required
Jose Aldo – Suspended 30 days due to lacerations
Georges St-Pierre – Suspended 60 days due to eye injury, must receive ophthalmologist’s clearance
* – All non-listed fighters received a standard fourteen day suspension for precautionary reasons in co-ordinance with athletic commission policy
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