Suspensions Handed Out For UFC 244, Nate Diaz Comes Off Worse After Controversial Loss
Nate Diaz has been given a 90 day medical suspension because of the cut that caused the controversial end to his BMF title fight with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 on Saturday night.
The Stockton Slugger saw his BMF title match called off at the end of the third round by the octagonside doctor thanks to two cuts to his face, one above and one below his right eye.
Following the fight the New York Athletic Commission, which came under criticism following the stoppage, via MMA Fighting, confirmed the medical suspensions that came from the event.
Diaz was given 90 days to allow the cuts on his face to heal properly whilst winner of the one time only belt, Masvidal, has been handed a 30 day suspension.
Following the fight, UFC Dana White claimed that the 34-year-old Californian might get surgery on his cuts, saying, "Diaz has to get sewed up tonight then in four weeks he's gotta have plastic surgery to get all the cartilage out of his eyebrows, or whatever the doctor was telling me. He's gotta have some work done."
Masvidal had offered his defeated opponent a rematch immediately following the controversial decision to end the fight early, although most people accepted he was three rounds ahead.
The first man to beat Conor McGregor in UFC wasn't the only one who picked up a 90 day suspension following the show at Madison Square Garden.
Gregor Gillespie was given the same amount of time out of the octagon after Kevin Lee knocked him out with a kick to the head that left the former NCAA champion needing medical attention on the mat for several minutes.
Brad Tavares was also on the end of a brutal knockout thanks to a kick by Edmen Shahbazyan and will also be out of action for around three months.
Makwan Amirkhani was another with the same suspension. The Finnish fighter had a great opening round showing against Shane Burgos, but the Hurricane soon got on top and the final round was a brutal beating throughout from Burgos.
Heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik's 42 second win over Andrei Arlovski, which left his opponent with 90 days off, left him with just a seven day mandatory suspension and has landed him with a fight against Alistair Overeem on December 8th.
Any fighter can be cleared before their suspension ends if a doctor clears them.