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WEC 47 Medical Suspensions: Cruz, Bowles, and Torres Sidelined Indefinitely

Dominick Cruz WEC ChampionNewly-crowned bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (pictured) and former title-holders Brian Bowles and Miguel Torres, who both suffered losses at Saturday’s “WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz” event in Columbus, Ohio, were today issued indefinite medical suspensions from the Ohio Athletic Commission for injuries suffered in their bouts.

While the OAC cited a broken hand for Cruz’s suspension,’s Josh Gross reports that his right hand is severely swollen, not broken, but that he did suffer a fractured left foot.

Bowles lost the 135-pound title to Cruz in the WEC 47 headliner after suffering a broken hand in his first punch of the fight, which ultimately forced him to call it quits after the second frame.

In the WEC 47 co-main event, Torres was deeply gashed on his forehead by Joseph Benavidez in the second round before promptly being finished with a guillotine choke.

Chad Mendes, who won his debut on the WEC 47 prelims, was suspended 60 days for a cut, while Danny Castillo, Courtney Buck, and Bendy Casimir received 60 day precautionary suspensions.

According to MMAWeekly, the OAC has also handed down a 60 day minimum suspension to Chad George, must be cleared before returning after doctors noted he was “unstable” after suffering a guillotine choke submission to Scott Jorgensen in just 31-seconds.

Yesterday, we passed along photos of Bowles’ hand and Torres’ cut, and Torres has since posted on Twitter more pics of the gash, which required 20 stitches to close up. To check out a close up of the cut before it was stitched, click here (WARNING: GRAPHIC), and for a post-stitch photo, click here.

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Article was originally published on 3/8/2010 at 10:03am ET. Updated on 3/8/2010 at 4:15pm and 5:00pm with additional information.


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