UFC Fight Night 29 Medical Suspensions: Mike Pierce Sidelined Up to 6 Months

By Mike Whitman Oct 11, 2013
Mike Pierce could be sidelined for six months. | Sherdog.com



UFC welterweight Mike Pierce was handed a 180-day suspension by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) following his participation at Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night 29.

Pierce, who can return to action sooner if he receives clearance by an orthopedic physician, was submitted in just 31 seconds by a Rousimar Palhares heel hook. However, controversy emerged from the finish when “Toquinho” did not immediately release the hold after Pierce tapped out and the referee intervened. Palhares was banned from the UFC for his conduct and received a 120-day disciplinary suspension from the CABMMA.

Erick Silva received the second-longest medical suspension, as the Brazilian prospect was knocked out by Dong Hyun Kim in the second round of their welterweight co-headliner. “Indio” must spend at least 60 days on the shelf with no contact for the first 45 days.

Kim, meanwhile, received a 30-day suspension, as did welterweights Jake Shields and Demian Maia, who battled in the evening’s main event from Jose Correa Gymnasium in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shields walked away with a split decision win the grappling-heavy, 25-minute contest that closed the evening’s Fox Sports 1 broadcast.

UFC Fight Night 29 medical suspensions:

Jake Shields: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Demian Maia: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Dong Hyun Kim: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Erick Silva: Suspended 60 days; no contact for 45 days

Thiago Silva: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Matt Hamill: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Joey Beltran: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Fabio Maldonado: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Rousimar Palhares: Suspended 14 days; no contact for 7 days

Mike Pierce: Suspended 180 days; may be cleared early by orthopedist (left ankle and knee)

Raphael Assuncao: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

T.J. Dillashaw: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

Yan Cabral: Suspended 14 days; no contact for 7 days

David Mitchell: Suspended 14 days; no contact for 7 days

Chris Cariaso: Suspended 14 days; no contact for 7 days

Iliarde Santos: Suspended 45 days; no contact for 30 days

Igor Araujo: Suspended 14 days; no contact for 7 days

Ildemar Alcantara: Suspended 14 days; no contact for 7 days

Alan Patrick Silva Alves: Suspended 15 days; no contact for 7 days

Garett Whiteley: Suspended 30 days; no contact for 21 days

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