Jerome LeBanner Sick, Melvin Manhoef Steps Up To Face Mark Hunt at NYE Fields K-1 Dynamite

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Melvin Manhoef has stepped in to fight Mark Hunt at New Years Eve’s Fields K-1 Dynamite show, replacing an ill Jerome LeBanner. Manhoef comes in as a true light heavyweight, giving up possibly 50 lbs to the heavyweight Mark Hunt. No word on to the type or extent of Jerome LeBanner’s illness.

Broadcast Update: Fields K-1 Dynamite will not be shown live in the US. Talks with HDNet and EventMagic.tv have were not successful.

Fields K-1 Dynamite is set to go off on December 31 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

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UFC 92 NSAC Medical Suspensions

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released a list of fighter injuries and suspensions following UFC 92 “The Ultimate 2008″ which took place last Saturday from he MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada.

Mostapha Al Turk, Brad Blackburn, Reese Andy and Dan Evensen were handed down six month suspensions for their injuries. The suspensions are for precautionary reasons, fighters can have them reduced with proper medical clearances.

  1. Forrest Griffin: suspended until June 27 due to possible broken left hand (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor and negative x-ray); minimum suspension until Feb. 12 with no contact until Jan. 28 for precautionary reasons
  2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: suspended until Feb. 27 with no contact until Feb. 12 for precautionary reasons
  3. Mike Massenzio: suspended until Jan. 28 with no contact until Jan. 19 for precautionary reasons
  4. Wanderlei Silva: suspended until Feb. 27 with no contact until Feb. 12 for precautionary reasons
  5. Mostapha Al Turk: suspended until June 27 due to broken nose (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Feb. 27 with no contact until Feb. 12 due to lacerations over left eye and on top of head
  6. Mike Wessel: suspended until Feb. 12 with no contact until Jan. 28 for precautionary reasons
  7. Matt Hamill: suspended until Feb. 12 with no contact until Jan. 28 due to cut under left eye
  8. Reese Andy: suspended until June 27 due to possible orbital fracture (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor and negative CT Scan); minimum suspension until Feb. 27 with no contact until Feb. 12 for precautionary reasons
  9. Brad Blackburn: must be cleared by neurologist for left arm tingling/numbness before next fight; suspended until June 27 due to nasal fracture (can be cleared early by ENT doctor); minimum suspension until Feb. 12 with no contact until Jan. 28 for precautionary reasons
  10. Dan Evensen: suspended until June 27 due to left knee damage (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Jan. 28 with no contact until Jan. 19 for precautionary reasons
  11. Patrick Barry: Suspended until Jan. 28 with no contact until Jan. 19 due to right elbow injury

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