UFC Fight Night 29 Medical Suspensions: Heel Hook Shelves Mike Pierce Six Months

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UFC Fight Night 29 Medical Suspensions: Heel Hook Shelves Mike Pierce Six Months
Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

After cranking on a heel hook too long at UFC Fight Night 29, Rousimar Palhares was suspended four months for unsportsmanlike conduct by Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA). The man on the receiving end of Palhares' submission may be out even longer, though.

Despite tapping numerous times, Pierce was not released from the Brazilian's hold until Palhares was forcefully pried away by referee Keith Peterson. That extra second or two of torquing has potentially left Pierce with a significant injury, as he has been medically suspended for CABMMA for six months.

MMAJunkie.com reported the list of UFC Fight Night 29 suspensions on Friday afternoon.

All fighters received a minimum of two weeks away from competition, but only a few fighters have been ruled out for more than one month. 

Following his knockout loss to Dong Hyun Kim, Erick Silva will not be able to fight in the next two months. Silva was looking to finish Kim seconds prior to being flattened with a left hand. It was the Brazilian's first knockout loss of his career.

Due to his stoppage loss against Chris Cariaso, Iliarde Santos was also handed a suspension of more than one month.

Here is the full list of UFC Fight Night 29 medical suspensions:

  • Demian Maia: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Jake Shields: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Dong Hyun Kim: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Erick Silva: suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days
  • Thiago Silva: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Matt Hamill: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Joey Beltran: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Fabio Maldonado: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Mike Pierce: suspended 180 days, though a physician can clear him early
  • Rousimar Palhares: suspended 14 days with no contact during training for seven days
  • Raphael Assuncao: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • T.J. Dillashaw: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
  • Yan Cabral: suspended 14 days with no contact during training for seven days
  • Ildemar Alcantara: suspended 14 days with no contact during training for seven days
  • Iliarde Santos: suspended 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Alan Patrick: suspended 14 days with no contact during training for seven days
  • Igor Araujo: suspended 14 days with no contact during training for seven days
  • David Mitchell: suspended 14 days with no contact during training for seven days
  • Chris Cariaso: suspended 14 days with no contact during training for seven days
  • Garret Whiteley: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 21 days
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