UFC Fight Night 116 medical suspensions: Newcomer Zu Anyanwu out indefinitely

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One of the 20 fighters on this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event is facing an indefinite suspension following his promotional debut.

Zu Anyanwu

Heavyweight Zu Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) needs to be medically cleared for a right eye injury before he’s allowed to return after his split-decision loss to Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) to open up the main card.

MMAjunkie today requested and received from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission a list of the medical suspensions from the event, which took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The card aired on FS1.

A total of 11 fighters on the card received suspensions in excess of the automatic seven-day variety. In the main event, former two-division WSOF champion David Branch (21-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) tapped to strikes against Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the second round and was given a 45-day medical suspension for facial lacerations.

In the co-feature, Alex Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) stepped in for Thiago Alves on just three days’ notice to fight Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), but was knocked out quickly into the first round. He received a 60-day sit from the commission.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 116 medical suspensions includes:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Gilbert Burns shot a selfie video as his brutal UFC-Pittsburgh knockout win was being announced

Gilbert Burns had a big moment thanks to his thunderous second-round knockout of Jason Saggo at UFC Fight Night 116, and apparently he wanted to make very sure he captured it on video.

As Bruce Buffer announced the details of Burns’ win, the Brazilian fighter celebrated by shooting what looked to be a selfie video on his cell phone.

First of all, that’s kind of weird, since the fight was already televised on FS1, so there really wasn’t much danger that images of the post-fight scene would be lost forever. Second of all, when you do that, suddenly you’re the guy looking at his phone while everybody else is looking at you, and nobody looks cool doing that.

Still, when you knock someone out cold with a single punch on live TV, maybe you get to celebrate more or less however you want in the immediate aftermath.

And if he’s willing to go to this length to capture a big moment in his life, maybe Burns’ Instagram will prove to be worth following.

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Pittsburgh results: Gilbert Burns scores thunderous walk-off KO of Jason Saggo

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Gilbert Burns and Jason Saggo were expected to engage in a grappling contest, but the bout instead ended in a highlight-reel knockout.

The lightweight bout kicked off the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

The two grapplers traded kicks to open, with Burns holding the center but both men moving well and setting up strikes. Burns started to find success with counterpunches, as well, as the two men maintained a solid pace to start. Burns was the first to shoot in earnest for a takedown, coming up short but landing a knee as Saggo pulled away. Saggo actually worked to top position shortly after by catching a kick and pushing his opponent down, but Burns stayed active from his back, returned to his feet and scored a more traditional takedown of his own.

Saggo started quickly in the second, lashing out kicks and becoming the aggressor. Burns answered with his own kicks to the body, but Saggo caught one of the blows and briefly sent his opponent to the floor. Perhaps surprisingly though, he declined to follow, and Burns was brought to his feet. The two continued to trade on the feet for a bit before Burns aggressively drove forward with a takedown, though Saggo was able to work back to a standing position relatively quickly. It didn’t exactly work to his advantage, with Burns landing a huge overhand right, flattening Saggo just before the bell for a one-punch walk-off finish with five seconds left in the round.

The win was Burns’ (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) first knockout in his UFC run. Menawhile, the loss handed Saggo (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) the first two-fight losing streak of his professional career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 116 results include:

  • Gilbert Burns def. Jason Saggo via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 4:55

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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