UFC Fight Night 122 medical suspensions: Michael Bisping out 60 days after knockout

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Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping’s bench time is doubled in the wake of his second stoppage loss.

Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) is suspended 60 days with 45 days of no contact during training after a first-round knockout loss courtesy of Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 122, according to medical suspensions released to official MMA records keeper mixedmartialarts.com.

UFC Fight Night 122 took place this past Saturday, Nov. 25, at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Bisping, 38, received a 30-day suspension after being choked unconscious at UFC 217 – just three weeks before the Gastelum fight – by Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), who claimed the UFC middleweight title after a four-year layoff. But Bisping reportedly received doctor’s permission to compete, despite being badly rocked by a punch prior to being submitted. The UFC, which independently regulated this past Saturday’s event, also cleared him for the fight.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently criticized the decision to allow Bisping to fight.

All UFC Fight Night 122 fighters were given a mandatory seven-day suspension, but four fighters received potential six-month terms.

The full list of medical suspensions from UFC Fight Night 122 include:

  • Kelvin Gastelum: suspended 7 days
  • Michael Bisping: suspended 60 days due to KO and 45 days no contact
  • Li Jingliang: suspended 7 days
  • Zak Ottow: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedic doctor for right hand, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Wang Guan: suspended 7 days
  • Alex Caceres: suspended 45 days due to right eyelid laceration and 30 days no contact
  • Alex Garcia: suspended 7 days
  • Muslim Salikhov: suspended 7 days
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov: suspended 7 days
  • Sheymon Moraes: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Song Kenan: suspended 7 days
  • Bobby Nash: suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Yan Xiaonan: suspended 45 days due to lip laceration and 30 days no contact
  • Kailin Curran: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Song Yadong: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedic doctor for right foot, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Bharat Kandare: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedic doctor for left thumb, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Chase Sherman: suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Gina Mazany: suspended 180 days or until cleared by X-ray for left toe, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Wu Yanan: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Rolando Dy: suspended 7 days
  • Wuliji Buren: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Cyril Asker: suspended 7 days
  • Hu Yaozong: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Cyril Asker won't feel pressure until he gets UFC fight in France

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SHANGHAI – Cyril Asker embraces his ability to go into enemy territory to fight, and that won’t change until MMA is legalized in France.

Asker earned a second-round submission of Hu Yaozong (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 card, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, to disappoint the Chinese crowd in the fight card opener.

Asker has gotten used to competing in front of an opposing crowd throughout his career. He hasn’t been able to fight in front of his own fans in France, and until that happens, he said he can compete pressure-free.

“In France, MMA is illegal, so I always go fight guys in their home town,” Asker told MMAjunkie after his win. “There’s not much pressure for me. If in France MMA (becomes) legal, maybe I’ll feel some pressure. But for now, no.”

UFC Fight Night 122 marked Asker’s fourth octagon appearance. He’s alternated wins and losses during his time with the promotion, but he said nearly two years after signing he’s beginning to feel at home. He felt his performance against Yaozong reflected as much.

“I’ve started to feel confident in the octagon,” Asker said. “I’ve started to feel very good, to be very focused, to be very quiet, calm – be patient, feel everything. I need to work. I need to grow in my standup, my wrestling. I have the best coaching the world and I try to be very complete.”

Despite the mostly dominant win, Asker said he’s not interested in a quick turnaround. With three fights under his belt since January, Asker would like to get some time off before booking his next fight.

“It’s my third fight in one year, so I’m pretty tired,” Asker said. “I’m really, really tired. I need to take rest. I need to take a few months. I need to go home and take my time. I have a job. I work – I have my own business in France. I sell cars. I work, I run my house, I fight. I need to take rest.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 122 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total approaches $16 million

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SHANGHAI – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $105,000.

UFC Fight Night 122 took place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC), who earned a maximum non-title payout of $20,000 for his main event appearance.

The full UFC Fight Night 122 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Kelvin Gastelum: $10,000
def. Michael Bisping: $20,000

Li Jingliang: $5,000
def. Zak Ottow: $2,500

Wang Guan: $2,500
def. Alex Caceres: $15,000

Alex Garcia: $5,000
def. Muslim Salikhov: $2,500

Zabit Magomedsharipov: $2,500
def. Sheymon Moraes: $2,500

Kenan Song: $2,500
def. Bobby Nash: $2,500

Yan Xiaonan: $2,500
def. Kailin Curran: $5,000

Song Yadong: $2,500
def. Bharat Kandare: $2,500

Shamil Abdurakhimov: $2,500
def. Chase Sherman: $2,500

Gina Mazany: $2,500
def. Yanan Wu: $2,500

Rolando Dy: $2,500
def. Wuliji Buren: $2,500

Cyril Asker: $2,500
def. Hu Yaozong: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,550,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $15,873,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC-Shanghai with the Nuge, Kanye and Jackie Chan (because of course)

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While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, went with as their backing tracks.

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Kelvin Gastelum def. Michael Bisping via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:30

Michael Bisping: “Song 2” by Blur

Kelvin Gastelum: “El Palenque” by Vicente Fernandez

Li Jingliang def. Zak Ottow via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:57

Li Jingliang: “We Are Rising” by Unknown

Zak Ottow: “Real American” (Hulk Hogan’s WWF theme song) by Rick Derringer

Wang Guan def. Alex Caceres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Wang Guan: “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero

Alex Caceres: “Rebellion” by Jose Arroyo

Alex Garcia def. Muslim Salikhov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:22

Alex Garcia: “Bandoleers” (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” soundtrack) by Don Omar feat. Rego Calderon

Muslim Salikhov: “Uppercut” by Tupac

Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Sheymon Moraes via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 3, 4:30

Zabit Magomedsharipov: “Kick in the Door (Remix)” by Notorious B.I.G.

Sheymon Moraes: “Champions” by Kanye West

Kenan Song def. Bobby Nash via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:15

Kenan Song: “Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang” by Jackie Chan

Bobby Nash: “Come With Me Now” by Kongos

Yan Xiaonan def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Yan Xiaonan: “Self Improvement of Men” theme music by James Wong

Kailin Curran: “Entourage” by Nick Lewis

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Song Yadong def. Bharat Kandare via submission (front choke) – Round 1, 4:16

Song Yadong: “Journey to the West” by Jingging Xu

Bharat Kandare: “Bolo Har Har Har” by Mithoon

Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Chase Sherman via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:24

Shamil Abdurakhimov: “Alugho” by Youth of Dagestan

Chase Sherman: “Who Do You Love” by George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Gina Mazany def. Yanan Wu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Gina Mazany: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

Yanan Wu: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Rolando Dy def. Wuliji Buren via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Rolando Dy: “Tibay” by Quest

Wuliji Buren: “Genghis Khan’s Warriors” by Khan Band

Cyril Asker def. Hu Yaozong via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:33

Cyril Asker: “Katchi” by Ofenbach

Hu Yaozong: “The Sandstorm” by Master City & DJ Sugar Kid

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 122 results: Cyril Asker chokes out Hu Yaozong in second round

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Cyril Asker took Hu Yaozong early and often, and eventually he made it count.

After taking the back of Yaozong (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) early in the second round, Asker (9-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) flattened him out and punched until Yaozong rolled and gave up his neck, at which point Asker locked up the choke and squeezed for the tap, which came at the 2:33 mark of Round 2.

The heavyweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 122 event at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Asker had no trouble taking Yaozong down, and it was an advantage he didn’t hesitate to exploit. After putting Yaozong down in the fight’s opening seconds, Asker needed only to shrug off a guillotine attempt early in the first round in order to continue his dominance on the mat throughout the first frame.

Asker got right back to work in the second, and this time he managed to take Yaozong’s back, flatten him out, and batter him with punches from the back until Yaozong had little choice but to roll and give up the choke in the process.

Once he did that, Asker wasted no time locking on the choke and forcing the submission midway through the round.

The victory gets Asker back in the win column for the first time since a TKO loss to Walt Harris in June. Yaozong’s loss is the first of his young career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 122 results include:

  • Cyril Asker def. Hu Yaozong via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:33

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in China.)

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8th Chinese fighter added to UFC-Shanghai again completes 12-bout lineup

A late heavyweight addition to this week’s UFC Fight Night 122 lineup means a record eight Chinese fighters will appear on the card.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials the addition of newcomer Hu Yaozong (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) against Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in the opening contest of Saturday’s card, which takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

The card marks the UFC’s debut event in mainland China.

Asker was initially expected to face James Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who was pulled from the event due to a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Asker, a 31-year-old Frenchman, looks to rebound from a 104-second TKO loss to Walt Harris at UFC Fight Night 111 in June. A fight prior, he scored his first UFC victory by knocking out Dmitry Smoliakov in the first round.

Meanwhile, Yaozong makes his UFC debut in just his fourth professional contest. The Chinese fighter turned pro in October 2016 and has quickly rattled off three stoppage wins to open his career.

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 122 now includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 a.m. ET)

  • Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Night, 3:45 a.m. ET)

  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Bobby Nash vs. Kenan Song
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Bharat Khandare vs. Pingyuan Liu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy
  • Cyril Asker vs. Hu Yaozong

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Lineup set for UFC's debut in Shanghai – with a 3:45 a.m. ET start time

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The UFC heads to mainland China for the first time next week, and the lineup is set for the card.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place next Saturday, Nov. 25, at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) will make a 21-day turnaround from his UFC 217 title loss to Georges St-Pierre after agreeing to fight Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) on short notice.

UFC Fight Night 122 lost its original main event last week when former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) was flagged with a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

In the co-main event, welterweights Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will hook up. Also on the main card, Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) takes on Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at featherweight. And to open the main card, Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) takes on Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at welterweight.

The full UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 a.m. ET)

  • Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3:45 a.m. ET)

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

 

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James Mulheron pulled from UFC-Shanghai opener due to potential USADA violation

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James Mulheron has failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) also has been pulled from next week’s UFC Fight Night 122 event, where he was slated to open the card in a bout against fellow heavyweight Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Officials announced the news on Friday.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass. A replacement search is underway so Asker can remain on the card, according to the announcement.

Mulheron, a 29-year-old Englishman who suffered a decision loss to Justin Willis in his July promotional debut, failed a test that was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Nov. 10.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Mulheron. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Mulheron’s social-media accounts have been quiet since the announcement of his UFC-Shanghai fight cancellation.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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New bouts official for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai

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The UFC’s debut event in mainland China has a few new official fight-card additions.

Officials recently announced heavyweights Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. James Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and welterweights Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 122 which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup hasn’t been finalized.

Asker, a 31-year-old Frenchman, looks to rebound from a 104-second TKO loss to Walt Harris at UFC Fight Night 111 in June. A fight prior, he scored his first UFC victory after knocking out Dmitry Smoliakov in the first round. The former EFC champion now meets Mulheron, a 29-year-old Englishman and longtime M4tC champion who recently made his UFC and suffered a decision loss to Justin Willis, which sapped a four-fight winning streak.

Garcia, meanwhile, recently suffered a decision defeat to Tim Means. A fight prior, the 30-year-old Dominican fighter scored his first fight-night bonus with a thunderous first-round knockout of Mike Pyle. He now meets Salikhov, a 33-year-old Russian who makes his UFC debut on the strength of a 10-fight winning streak that includes nine consecutive stoppage victories.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 lineup now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111 medical suspensions: 4 receive 6-month terms, including Bethe Correia

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UFC Fight Night 111 headliner Bethe Correia is suspended for six months unless cleared by a doctor following a head-kick knockout loss to former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

According to medical suspensions issued by the UFC, which reported them to official records keeper MixedMartialArts.com, Correia’s post-fight brain scan came up negative for serious injuries, but she needs “dental clearance” and is suspended a minimum of 60 days with 45 days no contact.

The UFC acts as the de-facto athletic commission in jurisdictions where MMA isn’t formally regulated. UFC Fight Night 111 took place this past Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

All fighters who weren’t issued a longer suspension received a mandatory seven-day rest term. Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC), who also took a punch from Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) that leveled her before her bout was called off in the third round, is one of six fighters to receive a six-month term.

Ex-heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) also is suspended 180 days or until he receives clearance for his left hand, which he may have injured during a losing effort against Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the event’s co-headliner.

And both Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Dong Hyun Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who opened the main card, received 180-day terms after a hard bout in the welterweight division. Covington needs clearance for his right eye, while Kim needs a maxillofacial or ophthalmological clearance.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 111 medical suspensions include:

  • Holly Holm: suspended 7 days
  • Bethe Correia: suspended 180 days or until she receives “dental clearance,” and suspended a minimum 60 days with 45 days no contact
  • Marcin Tybura: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for a hard bout
  • Andrei Arlovski: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for left hand is clear, and suspended and suspended a minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Colby Covington: suspended 180 days or until right eye cleared by ophthalmologist
  • Dong Hyun Kim: suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial or ophthalmological examination, and suspended a minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Rafael dos Anjos: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Tarec Saffiedine: a minimum 30 days for hard bout
  • Jon Tuck: suspended 7 days
  • Takanori Gomi: suspended 7 days
  • Walt Harris: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for left hand is clear
  • Cyril Asker: suspended 45 days with 30 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Alex Caceres: suspended 7 days
  • Rolando Dy: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Ulka Sasaki: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Justin Scoggins: suspended 45 days for right brow laceration with 30 days minimum no contact
  • Li Jingliang: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for right foot is clear, and suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Frank Camacho: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for a hard bout
  • Russell Doane: suspended 7 days
  • Kwan Ho Kwak: suspended 45 days with 30 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Naoki Inoue: suspended 45 days for head laceration with 30 days minimum no contact
  • Carls John de Tomas: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Lucie Pudilova: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Ji Yeon Kim: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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