Mike Pierce injury update: Knee will 'likely be okay' following dirty heel hook

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Now that the world knows what will happen with Rousimar Palhares following his victory at UFC Fight Night 29, we also know how the victim of the infamous submission, Mike Pierce is fairing 24-hours later.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) left Brazil following UFC Fight Night 29: "Maia vs. Shields" with what potentially looked like two former members in its crowded welterweight division.

One due to injury, the other due to repeated instances involving what UFC officials call "unsportsmanlike conduct."

This time, the cause wasn't due to a lack of victories, or less than stellar Octagon performances, but a result of the finish to Mike Pierce vs. Rousimar Palhares, a 31-second affair that ended with "Toquinho" slapping on his go-to submission maneuver, the heel hook, and refusing to let go.

Dana White cut Palhares from UFC and compared him to the banned Paul Daley in the process.

Lost in the whirlwind of events was the question of how hurt Pierce actually was following the fight. Would the alleged malicious attack on his knee cost him time away from the Octagon?

ESPN's Brett Okamoto has the update:

"Mike Pierce will undergo an MRI, although indications show most likely he'll be okay."

This is great news.

Not only for Pierce (17-6), but for mixed martial arts (MMA) fans everywhere, who deserve to see a surging Pierce continue to rack up victories similar to the one he earned at UFC 162 against David Mitchell.

Sure, he still lost on Wednesday, but for his sake this defeat will forever take a back seat to the way he lost, similar to the situation with Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy. Point is, no one likes injuries, especially if they are avoidable. With Palhares being cut and Pierce on the mend, everyone can turn the page and move on with their lives.

Or can they?

For Palhares, it just may come in Bellator MMA...

For more news, notes and reactions from UFC Fight Night 29, including fight video highlights and play-by-play coverage of all the action from Brazil, check out our "Maia vs. Shields" live coverage story stream by clicking here.

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