UFC 111 Suspensions: 6 medical and one disciplinary suspension issued

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board issued six medical suspensions and an additional suspension for disciplinary reasons for competitors from “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy”.

UFC 111 took place Saturday, March 27th at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and aired two preliminary-card fights on Spike TV and then the main card on PPV.

Rousimar Palhares was suspended 90 days for failing to release the heel-hook he defeated Tomasz Drwal with at Saturday’s event. Palhares cranked hard even as the Drwal tapped-out and had to be pried off by referee Kevin Mulhall before releasing the hold.

Palhares had this to say about his actions:

“I had no intention to hurt Tomasz.”

“I never have; I am not like that.”

“Unfortunately, there have been cases in the past where guys have tapped and then said they hadn’t tapped. This happened in a match in the UFC between my trainer, Murilo Bustamante, and Matt Lindland. Our attitude is to hold the position until the ref interrupts to avoid this happening to us again.”

“I did not think the suspension was fair”

“I did not have any intent of hurting Drwal. It was in the heat of battle, and I wanted to make sure I did not lose the position.

“I was just waiting for the ref to interrupt the match.”

The offcial UFC 111 suspensions:

Frank Mir: Suspended 30 days (precautionary reasons)
Mark Bocek: Suspended 30 days (scalp laceration)
Rory Markham: Suspended 30 days (facial laceration)
Rousimar Palhares: Suspended 90 days (not releasing submission)
Tomasz Drwal: Suspended indefinitely (pending X-ray of left knee and ankle)
Jared Hamman: Suspended indefinitely (pending X-rays of right foot) and minimum of 60 days (lacerations on right foot)
Matthew Riddle: Suspended indefinitely (pending CT scan)

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