All UFC 129 fighters receive medical suspensions, including GSP

According to HeavyMMA.com, all 24 fighters who competed at UFC 129 last weekend have received medical suspensions, including welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

Out of the 24 suspensions given out, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and six others earned the lengthiest with 60 day suspensions. The other six include Mark Hominick, who fought featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the evening’s co-main event, Randy Couture, Jason Brilz, Kyle Watson, Charlie Valencia, and Sean Pierson. Hominick and St. Pierre were the only ones out of the seven to avoid being knocked out.

From the evening’s preliminary card, Nate Diaz was given a suspension of 45 days following his loss to Rory MacDonald, while Jake Ellenberger will be out the same amount of time following his knockout victory over Sean Pierson.

UFC 129 took place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto and featured St. Pierre’s welterweight title defense against Jake Shields. In the co-main event of the evening, featherweight title-holder Aldo managed to outpoint Hominick on the judges’ scorecards.

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UFC 129 Picks & Predictions

nullUFC 129 takes place tonight from the Rogers Centre in Toronto featuring a very exciting card with two title fights.

Here are my picks for each of the five main-card bouts. The PPV begins at 9PM ET.

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UFC Welterweight Championship – Georges St. Pierre (21-2) vs. Jake Shields (26-4-1) – Shields may be the toughest opponent St. Pierre has faced in a while, but I still see the champion running through him. Shields’ striking is miles behind GSP and Shields’ takedown ability is nothing St. Pierre hasn’t seen before. I see St. Pierre keeping the fight standing and picking Shields apart before finishing him in the fourth round by TKO.

UFC Featherweight Champion – Jose Aldo (18-1) vs. Mark Hominick (20-8) – Aldo is an absolute beast and seems unstoppable. Hominick has very quick and powerful hands, but he has not had to deal with someone that has the leg kicks of Aldo. I see Aldo landing a few leg kicks in the first and throwing Hominick off his strategy. From there, look for the champion to pounce and eventually knock the challenger out in the second round.

Light Heavyweight Bout – Randy Couture (19-10) vs. Lyoto Machida (16-2) – My heart says Couture, but my head says Machida. I think Couture will have a good strategy and look to leave it all in the cage, but Machida has some solid grappling ability and will be too elusive in the striking to allow Couture to really implement his game plan. Give me Machida by decision in Couture’s retirement fight.

Lightweight Bout – Mark Bocek (9-3) vs. Ben Henderson (12-2) – Henderson is making his UFC debut and looking to make a statement against Bocek. I see Henderson controlling the fight on his feet and on the ground as he will be too strong for Bocek in both areas. Henderson is smart enough to stay out of submission attempts by Bocek, and that is all the Canadian really has to offer. Give me Benson by decision.

Light Heavyweight Bout – Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5) vs. Jason Brilz (18-3-1) – This fight should be competitive, but I like Brilz to win by decision. He has a good chin and he is relentless with his pursuit to grapple. I suspect once Brilz gets a hold of Matyushenko, he will be able to consistently get him to the ground and get the win in the judges’ eyes.

UFC 111 Predictions

UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy takes place tonight from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and the main card features five fights and two championship bouts. Here is a look at the main card bouts and my picks for the winners.

UFC Welterweight Championship: Champion Georges St. Pierre (19-2) vs. Challenger Dan Hardy (23-6)
In any fight, each man has a puncher’s chance and that is about all Hardy has going for him. He will have to win the fight standing because St. Pierre is far superior in his wrestling and submission skills. St. Pierre is also very good at not getting hit and that will be what helps him win this fight. Look for him to score multiple takedowns and ware Hardy down as he scores a fourth round TKO and then makes the jump to the middleweight division for his next big career move.

UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship: Frank Mir (13-4) vs. Shane Carwin (11-0)
Carwin was set to face Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight title in November, but Lesnar’s illness has set up this fight with the winner getting a belt and then the shot at Lesnar in the summer. Mir wants this fight on the ground while Carwin wants it on his feet. Carwin has not had a UFC fight go past 91 seconds, but it should take longer to dispose of Mir on Saturday. Mir can test Carwin on the ground and in submission fighting, but he will have to eat a punch to do it. Mir has left himself open before and Carwin will be quick to strike when he does it on Saturday to score a TKO late in the first round.

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