UFC 213 medical suspensions: No surprise, but Robert Whittaker facing 6-month term after title win

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The visible knee injury that accompanied Robert Whittaker’s UFC interim title win could keep him on the bench for six months.

Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) needs doctor clearance after Yoel Romero(12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) tweaked his left knee with a side kick early in last Saturday’s UFC 213 headliner.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released medical suspensions for the event, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Main card fights aired live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Romero, who suffered his first UFC loss, also needs doctor clearance for cuts on his left eyebrow and right scalp.

A total of 16 fighters were suspended by the NSAC for a variety of injuries. Four were given potential six-month terms unless cleared by a doctor.

The full list of medical suspensions for UFC 213 includes:

  • Robert Whittaker: needs MRI of left knee, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Yoel Romero: needs left eyebrow and right scalp lacerations cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Fabricio Werdum: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Curtis Blaydes: needs right tibia/fibula and left chest rib X-rayed, if positive for injury needs doctor clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Daniel Omielanczuk: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Anthony Pettis: needs right hand X-ray, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Jim Miller: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Aleksei Oleinik: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Travis Browne: needs left foot X-ray, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Brian Camozzi: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Thiago Santos: needs right eye laceration cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Gerald Meerschaert: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Belal Muhammad: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Jordan Mein: needs left eye laceration cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • James Bochnovic: suspended until Sept. 7 with no contact until Aug. 23

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's shoes: What's next for Yoel Romero and UFC 213's other losing fighters?

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UFC 213 took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with a five-fight main card on pay-pay-per-view.

Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) fell short of the interim UFC middleweight title in the headliner when he suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) to experience the first blemish on his previously unbeaten UFC career.

Some other fighters suffered notable losses, as well, with Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Daniel Omielanczuk (19-8-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) falling short on the scorecards, while Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was stopped inside the distance.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 213’s key losing fighters.

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Jim Miller

Should fight: Abel Trujillo
Why they should fight: Although Miller fell short against a former UFC champion in Anthony Pettis, there’s no taking away from his status as one of the most decorated names in UFC history who should keep a place on the roster as long as he sees fit.

Miller tied the record for most appearances in UFC history in the unanimous-decision loss to Pettis. He was once considered a contender, but at this point in his career his position on the roster is fairly clear, and he should be allowed that position until he either completely falls off the map or retires.

Miller has almost exclusively lost to top tier opponents. A step back is necessary if he wants to keep his career in a safe position, and Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is just that. Although Trujillo is not an easy fight, he’s winnable for Miller and also a name which would not be viewed as a write-off.

Daniel Omielanczuk

Should fight: Winner of James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis at UFC Fight Night 113
Why they should fight: Omielanczuk was pegged as the biggest betting underdog on the card and unfortunately that rang true when he fell short against Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight fight.

Omielanczuk suffered a unanimous-decision loss to fall under .500 over the course of his nine-fight UFC career. He’ll need to go back to drawing board, but his hope of keeping a UFC roster spot is not yet lost.

A win for Omielanczuk would have potentially pushed him into top 15 matchups in the heavyweight division. The loss keeps him paired against fighters of a similar stature, though, and the winner of the July 15 fight between Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113 would be right in his wheelhouse.

Fabricio Werdum

Should fight: Loser of Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou at UFC 215
Why they should fight: Werdum’s chance to break back into heavyweight title contention was harshly derailed with a majority-decision loss in his trilogy fight with Alistair Overeem.

With his 40th birthday rapidly approaching, it’s difficult to gauge whether the Brazilian will be eager to make another run in the division. The upside is that he’s a former champion, has a name and could be just a few wins and a couple good breaks from becoming a pertinent contender again.

Werdum needs to beat a key name, though, and the loser of September’s UFC 215 bout between Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) would be a solid target.

Werdum has history with Dos Santos after he suffered a stunning knockout loss to the then-UFC newcomer in 2008. The rematch has been long in the making and frankly should have already been done. If Ngannou comes up short, however, a showdown with Werdum would be another big chance after the Frenchman’s first octagon defeat.

Yoel Romero

Should fight: Luke Rockhold
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Romero should fight Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Curtis Blaydes shows room to improve in clean-sweep win vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

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Try as he might, Curtis Blaydes simply could not land a single takedown on Daniel Omielanczuk. No worries, though. Blaydes still did enough for the win.

After 15 minutes, all three judges scored the contest 30-27 to give Blaydes a unanimous-decision win, despite the wrestler being 0-for-14 in takedown attempts.

The heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The first round got off to an unusual start as Blaydes (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was warned twice for low knees, forcing referee Marc Goddard to restart the fight in neutral position. Blaydes tried for a takedown, which was stuffed by Omielanczuk (19-8-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC), and the two men stayed up against the cage. After a bit of struggling for position, they separated. Blades started to settle in but again failed to score a takedown. He scored with a nice knee to the body, but it didn’t do any damage. Blaydes and Omielanczuk separated, though they remained in the outer-octagon, which didn’t allow enough space to complete a third takedown attempt. Not much action took place with the two men against the cage, where the round finished.

Blaydes came out in the second round and attempted a quick takedown again near the edge of the octagon, resulting in the two men pressed against the fence. Once they separated, Blaydes and Omielanczuk had some good exchanges. Omielanczuk went for a head kick that Blaydes ducked under. He tried for a takedown but couldn’t get it. As they squared up, away from the fence, Blaydes bobbed in front of Omielanczuk before throwing a kick that landed near the groin. It stopped the fight momentarily as the referee warned Blaydes near the end of the round.

The third round opened with Omielanczuk getting the better of a striking exchange, though Blaydes shifted gears when he shot in and Omielanczuk stuffed the takedown attempt again. After a few moments up against the cage, they stood in the center of the octagon and threw punches at each other, with neither fighter looking particularly impressive. The final round ended without much action, but it was enough for Blaydes to earn the win.

“I feel I should’ve done better on my feet,” he said. “I know I can do better than that. I went to my wrestling a little too early. It didn’t work out. He was ready for my wrestling. … I made it through, though. I beat him at his own game.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marroco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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UFC 213 salaries: Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker each get flat $350,000 purse

LAS VEGAS – Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker each will make $350,000 for their UFC interim middleweight title fight at UFC 213, per disclosed purses released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

MMAjunkie today requested and received the show and win purses for the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is regulated by the NSAC.

Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) are not scheduled to receive a win bonus, indicating they are likely to receive a cut of pay-per-view profits for the interim title bout.

The top disclosed purse for the event belongs to onetime heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who will receive a flat $800,000 for his trilogy bout with Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC). The Brazilian ex-champ will receive $275,000 to show and $125,000 to win.

UFC 213 was set to be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). But Nunes pulled herself from the fight due to illness just hours before the fight bout was set to begin. Nunes was set to make $105,000 to show and another $105,000 if she successfully defended her belt. Shevchenko was scheduled to get a flat $100,000 payday, win or lose. It is not yet known if either fighter will receive their show money.

The potential disclosed purses for the UFC 213 main card fights include:

  • Yoel Romero: $350,000 (no win bonus)
    vs. Robert Whittaker: $350,000 (no win bonus)
  • Alistair Overeem: $800,000 (no win bonus)
    vs. Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 ($125,000 win bonus)
  • Daniel Omielanczuk: $60,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
    vs. Curtis Blaydes: $38,000 ($19,000 win bonus)
  • Anthony Pettis: $180,000 ($90,000 win bonus)
    vs. Jim Miller: $142,000 ($71,000 win bonus)
  • Rob Font: $39,000 ($19,500 win bonus)
    vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC Athlete Outfitting sponsorship program pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 staff picks: Nunes or Shevchenko? Romero or Whittaker? Who do we like in pair of title fights?

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A pair of titles are on the line Saturday at one of the UFC’s biggest events of the year.

UFC 213 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) puts her title on the line in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Although Nunes won the first meet, Shevchenko currently is a slight betting favorite. But it’s the champ who has a 6-4 edge from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-main event, Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) takes on Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the interim middleweight title. Whittaker is a mild favorite and is a 7-3 pick from our staff members.

Also on the main card, Curtis Blaydes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a heavyweight bout. Blaydes is as much as a 9-1 favorite and is a unanimous pick from our staff members. And also at heavyweight, recent title challenger Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC) meets former champ Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in a trilogy rematch. That fight is a close call with the oddsmakers, and our staff members are split right down the middle with their picks at 5-5.

To open up the main card, former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis (19-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) returns to the division after a brief stint at featherweight to take on veteran Jim Miller (28-9 MMA, 17-8 UFC). Pettis is a heavy 9-1 pick from our staff members.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Shevchenko, Whittaker, Blaydes, Overeem and Pettis are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC 213 in Las Vegas

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 213 event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC 213 staff picks we release on Thursday ahead of the event. UFC 213 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Records: Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Nunes 5-0, Shevchenko 4-1
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Nunes No. 1, Shevchenko No. 2
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Nunes -115, Shevchenko -115

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Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker

Records: Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC)
Past five: Romero 5-0, Whittaker 5-0
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Romero No. 2, Whittaker No. 4
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Whittaker -135, Romero +105

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

Records: Curtis Blaydes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
Past five: Blaydes 4-1, Omielanczuk 3-2
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Blaydes -650, Omielanczuk +500

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Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum

Records: Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC)
Past five: Overeem 4-1, Werdum 4-1
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Werdum No. 2, Overeem No. 4
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Overeem -135, Werdum +105

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Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis

Records: Jim Miller (28-9 MMA, 17-8 UFC), Anthony Pettis (19-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC)
Past five: Miller 3-2, Pettis 1-4
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Pettis -225, Miller +175

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Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware, James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles added to UFC 213 lineup

A pair of fights have been added to next week’s UFC 213 lineup at the 11th hour, giving four prospects a chance to make their promotional debuts.

Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and James Bochnovic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Trevin Giles (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. UFC officials announced the matchups today, both of which will stream on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Along with the two new bouts, the UFC made official a heavyweight bout for the main card. The fight between Curtis Blayes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) shifts from the FS1 prelims to the main card in the wake of the removal of the welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler due to a Cerrone injury. And moving up from UFC Fight Pass to FS1 is the middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

Michigan native Stamann heads to the UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. In March, he knocked out Bill Kamery in the main event of a KnockOut Promotions event in his home state. Ware, an RFA veteran, has won four straight fights. In April, he knocked out UFC and WSOF veteran Jared Papazian at a CXF event. The win gave him a measure of revenge after a decision loss to Papazian in 2013.

Bochnovic, who trains with UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell, has won eight straight fights after being submitted in his pro debut nearly three years ago. Since then, all eight of his wins are by stoppage, and the most recent seven have been by submission. Just a month ago, he tapped Bellator, Titan FC and RFA vet Wayman Carter with an armbar just 85 seconds into their fight.

Giles, from Texas, brings his unbeaten record into the fight with Bochnovic. Eight of his nine wins are by stoppage, including five submissions. In February, he went to the judges for the first time in his pro career and took a split decision from Ryan Spann in the LFA 3 main event.

The UFC 213 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware
  • James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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