There has been a ton of talk about Rousimar Palhares since his submission victory over Mike Pierce (most of it bad), but not much talk about Mike Pierce, which is kind of weird. A lot of the talk was concern over potential injuries he may or may not have suffered, but it seemed like he’d be fine no matter what in the end. Well, Pierce clarified on the extent of his injuries and it looks like it’s a little worse than originally thought, but still not all that terrible, as he won’t need surgery and it shouldn’t follow him much longer than a few weeks.
Pierce (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who submitted to Palhares (15-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) in 31 seconds at UFC Fight Night 29, on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com that in addition to suffering a sprained MCL, he has a “completely torn ligament” on the outside of his left ankle.
“[The doctor] says I should be feeling a lot better in 2-3 weeks and that I shouldn’t need surgery,” Pierce wrote in a text message, “but to check back with him at that point. So that’s good news.”