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Pierce Likely to Avoid Surgery After Palhares’ Heel Hook

Kelsey Mowatt

Mike Pierce

Mike Pierce was clearly in excruciating pain as a result of the extended heel hook Rousimar Palhares applied at UFC Fight Night 29, which also saw the latter get the UFC boot, but it looks as though the welterweight will not require surgery. Pierce’s knee and ankle are still pretty banged up, but all things considered, it could have been worse.

Earlier in the week Pierce relayed that doctors concluded he has a severely strained MCL in his left knee, but that they’re optimistic it will not require surgery. Now that the MRI results are back on his left ankle, the punishing wrestler informed MMA that:

“Sprained MCL and an almost completely torn ligament on the outside of my left ankle,” Pierce said via text message. “[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.”

So, hopefully Pierce will receive more good news in a couple of weeks time , and that the fighter can return to action sooner than later. Pierce was also handed a 180 day medical suspension by Brazilian officials following the October 9th bout, and would have to receive medical clearance to fight beforehand.

Pierce had been on an impressive run heading into the fight, as he had won four straight, which included stoppage wins over Aaron Simpson and David Mitchell. Considering he’s gone 9-4 to date in the UFC, and his other losses have come against notable opposition in Jon Fitch, Johny Hendricks and Josh Kosheck, a tough match-up will surely be waiting when he returns.

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