Four days on from her stunning KO defeat to Holly Holm, the ramifications of the loss continue for Ronda Rousey.
Not only is she having to deal with the loss of her unbeaten record and, with it, the Women's Bantamweight Championship but the UFC have now stepped in to suspend her in light of how things went down in Melbourne.
As reported by the New York Post, the UFC have seen fit to hand out a medical suspension to Rousey that could last up to six months, such was the damage caused by Holm in Melbourne on Saturday night.
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The UFC, according to documents given to MixedMartialArts.com by the fighting organization, will not allow the 28-year-old to return for 180 days unless she passes a CT scan in the near future.
With the fight taking place in Australia, the UFC took the unusual step of enforcing the suspension themselves rather than having a state athletic commissions handle proceedings. Had the fight been in the US, said state rulings would have remained out of the public sphere, per the New York Post.
Even if she passes the scan, Rousey is now banned from any 'contact' for 45 days and she cannot fight again for 60 days.
Prior to Saturday's defeat, Rousey had won her most recent fights with relative ease and was hardly in the ring long enough to sustain any damage. Today's medical suspension, then, has put the superstar in an unfamiliar situation.
Considering Rousey has already reiterated this week her plans to take some time off from the UFC, the 45-60-day ban should not change her immediate outlook.
Even with her movie commitments known, however, there was some talk of a return to UFC competition sometime around April or May 2016.
If Rousey fails to pass the CT scan, May 16, 2016, would be the earliest possible date she could step foot inside the Octagon again.
Of course, if you include the preparation time needed prior to a fight, that could extend her absence by several weeks or months.
Today's suspension is perhaps more noteworthy, however, because of what it represents.
Following on from Rousey's post-fight trip to hospital, and recent reports that she will require plastic surgery on her lip, the medical suspension highlights just how severe her defeat to Holly Holm was.
It certainly sounds like her pre-planned sabbatical has come just at the right time in order to allow her body to fully recover after a gruelling few months.
We appreciate medical suspensions are common practice in UFC, but the fact the UFC made Rousey's public, and considering the concern for her well-being from the public in the immediate aftermath of the fight, this one deserves to be discussed.
UFC fans: Is Rousey capable of winning back the title from Holm? Have your say in the comments below...
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