UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 Medical Suspensions

Stipe Miocic cemented his position atop the heavyweight division at UFC 211 on Saturday in Dallas. He made short work of Junior dos Santos in their championship rematch, knocking him out in the first round.

Miocic received a minimal mandatory one-week rest period as part of the UFC 211 medical suspensions issued on Monday. dos Santos, however, was suspended until June 28.

Stipe Miocic UFC 203 pre pressMost of the fighters on the card will be eligible to return to action by the end of June or sooner. Chas Skelly and Gabriel Benitez were the one fighters that could be on the sidelines until November.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued the UFC 211 medical suspensions on Monday.

UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 took place on Saturday, May 13, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 Medical Suspensions

  • Stipe Miocic: Suspended until May 21
  • Junior dos Santos: Suspended until June 28
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Suspended until May 29
  • Jessica Andrade: Suspended until May 29
  • Demian Maia: Suspended until May 23
  • Jorge Masvidal: Suspended until May 23
  • Frankie Edgar: Suspended until May 23
  • Yair Rodriguez: Suspended until June 28
  • Dustin Poirier: Suspended until June 28
  • Eddie Alvarez: Suspended until June 13
  • Jason Knight: Suspended until June 28
  • Chas Skelly: Suspended until Nov. 10
  • David Branch: Suspended until May 23
  • Krzysztof Jotko: Suspended until May 23
  • James Vick: Suspended until May 21
  • Marco Polo Reyes: Suspended until June 13
  • Cortney Casey: Suspended until May 23
  • Jessica Aguilar: Suspended until May 23
  • Chase Sherman: Suspended until May 21
  • Rashad Coulter: Suspended until June 23
  • Enrique Barzola: Suspended until May 23
  • Gabriel Benitez: Suspended until Nov. 10
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov: Suspended until May 21
  • Joachim Christensen: Suspended until May 21

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Stipe Miocic: ‘If It Wasn’t for dos Santos, I Wouldn’t Be Here Right Now’

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In recounting his victory over Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 in Dallas, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic not only discussed what went right this time, in the rematch, but what went wrong the first time he fought dos Santos. Surprisingly, he admitted that had it not been for the rough fight he had the first time they fought, Miocic wouldn’t be the champion that he is today.

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Kevin Lee on Daniel Cormier Dropping the N-Word on Jon Jones (video)

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Kevin Lee was on stage with Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at the UFC 2017 Summer Kickoff Press Conference when things got so heated the Cormier dropped the n-word on Jones.

Lee went deep into his thoughts about the situation and whether it was a big deal or not for Cormier to use such a word in a public setting.

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Cormier and Jones are expected to rematch in the UFC 214 headliner on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

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Tessa Simpson Plans Invicta FC Title Run Starting with Herica Tiburcio

Having previously last competed in MMA in 2013, atomweight prospect Tessa Simpson returned to the cage in 2016 and continued right where she left off, picking up two wins in both her fights.

First against Satomi Tanako in March of last year, then against Simona Soukupova in July, Simpson was able to shake off any ring rust she had and pick up solid wins against more experienced opposition.

“Last year it was good to be active again after a layoff of a couple of years,” Simpson told MMAWeekly.com. “The first one (against Tanako) was in March in Guam. I got to fight literally in the village I grew up in, in front of all my family, so it was a big win for sure. It was a good test for me and a good way to get back into it.

“For my Invicta debut, Simona was very tough. It wasn’t an easy fight. I was happy I was given a nice challenge. Of course it could have gone better for me – it wasn’t completely dominant – but it was a great win and I learned a lot.”

Tessa SimpsonSimpson feels her biggest obstacle to overcome after such a layoff was more about settling into her comfort zone than any physical issues.

“Being out of the cage sometimes can be more mentally difficult,” said Simpson. “After the first fight – where I was a little rusty being under those lights – in the second fight I felt better in that situation.

“Having those back-to-back fights last year, this upcoming fight will be a lot easier for me in that regards. I don’t feel like I have anything to expect in terms of nervousness. I’m a lot more comfortable in the cage when I was in the cage those two fights last year.”

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Simpson (5-1) returns to Invicta on May 20 in Kansas City, Mo., to take on former champion Herica Tiburcio (9-4) in a main card 105-pound bout.

“Her camp knows that I’m good on the ground, and that my striking is good too, so I think that I’m a hard opponent for her to beat,” Simpson said of Tiburcio. “She has to get past me to get to a title shot, but my plans are to make a run for the title, so it’s a great fight for both of us, but I definitely plan to come out with a dominant win.

“A win’s a win, but we like to dominate a fight, and would like to finish Herica. But I’ll just go in there, follow the game plan and do the best I can.”

As Simpson noted, her goal is to fight for the Invicta atomweight title. With a win over a former champion like Tiburcio, Simpson might get her opportunity to challenge for the belt sooner than later.

“I think it’s probably going to be up to Invicta, the matchmakers and the timing,” said Simpson. “I’m hoping that with this win that it will put me right up there for a title shot next. They need someone to step up and fight Ayaka (Hamasaki), so I’m ready for that next challenge after that fight.”

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