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UFC 133 Medical Suspensions: Tito Ortiz, Yoshihiro Akiyama Among Seven Sidelined

Yoshihiro Akiyama

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission released the UFC 133 medical suspensions on Monday, with headliner Tito Ortiz among seven fighters sidelined from Saturday night’s pay-per-view event in Philadelphia.

Rafael Natal was the only fighter  to be suspended indefinitely after appearing to indicate on the broadcast that he broke his hand in his preliminary card win over Paul Bradley. The PSAC will require Natal to be cleared by specialist before lifting the suspension.

Yoshihiro Akiyama was suspended sixty days for possible head injuries after being knocked out cold by a strike to the back of the head from Vitor Belfort in the first round of the UFC 133 co-main event. Akiyama will need a neurological exam to return to competition.

Featherweight contender Chad Mendes received better news than expected from the PSAC and his doctor. Mendes believed he broke his hand against Rani Yahya on Saturday night, but was not suspended by the PSAC and Tweeted earlier that he only suffered relatively minor damage to his hand and ankle.

Dennis Hallman received a standard 45-day suspension for his TKO loss to Brian Ebersole, but had to be hospitalized on Monday with an apparent infection in his elbow. Hallman reportedly injured the elbow Thursday and had to have it drained before the fight, then Tweeted Monday that he had to be hospitalized to undergo treatment.

The full list of UFC 133 medical suspensions included:

  • Tito Ortiz: Suspended 45 days for precautionary reasons
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama: Suspended 60 days due to possible head injuries; must have a neurological exam before returning to competition
  • Dennis Hallman: Suspended 45 days for precautionary reasons
  • Mike Pyle: Suspended 45 days for precautionary reasons
  • Matt Hamill: Suspended 45 days for precautionary reasons
  • Rafael Natal: Suspended indefinitely due to a right-hand injury; must have hand cleared by a physician before returning to competition
  • Paul Bradley: Suspended for 30 days for a left-knee injury; must be cleared by a physician before returning to competition

Stay tuned to for complete UFC 133 coverage.

Pictured: Yoshihiro Akiyama

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