The heavyweight champ is taken off the shelf

Usually, the guy who gets beat up has to sit for a while.

Despite a one-sided affair in which he put a beating on Junior Dos Santos, it came as a surprise to many – himself especially – when the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation medically suspended Cain Velasquez for six months.

Initially, they cited a fractured jaw as the culprit. Most medical suspensions are not firm, as an athlete can to pass a medical and be cleared if the suspension. However, the length of suspensions is a good indicator of how severely injured a fighter may be and how long we can expect them to be out, at a minimum.

As it turns out, an administartive error led to Valasquez’s suspension being posted incorrectly. Susan Stanford, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, told that the posting should have read that Velasquez received the mandatory three-days-per-round cautionary suspension which would sideline him until Nov. 3, 2013 and not of April 18, 2014.

That’s good news for Velasquez, allowing him to get back to training sooner. It’s bad news for his night challenger (cough, Fabricio Werdum) who would have hoped for a bit longer to prepare. And of course, it’s sort of bad news for the TDLR – such a public gaff only highlights the missteps of governing bodies in a sport that seems to be evolving more quickly than they can handle.



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