Rousimar Palhares infamously held a heel hook vs. Mike Pierce at UFN 29 on Wed, and was released by the UFC, for life. Although the nature and extent of the injury was not fully understood at the time, Pierce was issued a 180-day medical suspension by the regulating body in Brazil, the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA),
Today, Pierce's trainer, Phil Claud, told MMAjunkie.com that an MRI revealed a "severe MCL sprain" on the fighter's left knee. The doctors told them surgery probably won't be required.
However, they're still awaiting word on the MRI results from his left ankle, which also was injured during the finishing sequence of the fight.
Claud expects to have additional updates on Pierce's condition and a recovery time table in the next day or two.
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On Thursday Pierce got further information, released via Ariel Helwani.
"Sprained MCL and an almost completely torn ligament on the outside of my left ankle," texted Pierce. "[Doctor] says I should be feeling a lot better in 2-3 weeks and that I shouldn't need surgery. But to check back in with him at that 2-3 week point."
Pierce continued in an interview with FOXSports.
“My body is pretty strong and tough, and I'm fortunate that it wasn’t worse than it was," said Pierce. "But it doesn’t change the fact that he could have let go long before he did. I’m just lucky and fortunate that it’s not worse. There’s been other guys in the same position as me that weren’t so fortunate and had to sit out much longer than I’m going to have to.”
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