UFC Fight Night 29 medical suspensions and injuries: Mike Pierce benched six months following submission scare

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Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, it's time to find out who's worse for the wear following the carnage at UFC Fight Night 29 this past weekend in Brazil.

No surprises here.

The Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) today issued its list of medical suspensions for those fighters competing at the UFC Fight Night 29: "Maia vs. Shields" event, which took place last Wednesday night (Oct. 9, 2013) at Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mike Pierce, why don't you have a seat over there.

The rugged American wrestler was benched for six months following a submission loss to Rousimar Palhares, who sent a message to his welterweight opponent on the FOX Sports 1 main card.

And that message was, "Watch me get fired."

Also getting a mandatory vacation was Brazilian wunderkind Erick Silva, who went to Neverland in his co-main event shoot-out opposite Dong Hyun Kim. While it was "Stun Gun" who did the starching, the Korean grappler will also take a short break for precautionary reasons.

Here is the full list of UFC Fight Night 29 medical suspensions (via MMA Fighting):

Garret Whiteley: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Chris Cariaso: suspended 14 days, 7 days no contact
David Mitchell: suspended 14 days, 7 days no contact
Igor Araujo: suspended 14 days, 7 days no contact
Alan Patrick: suspended 15 days, 7 days no contact
Iliarde Santos: suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Yan Cabral: suspended 14 days, 7 days no contact
Ildemar Alcantara: suspended 14 days, 7 days no contact
T.J. Dillashaw: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Mike Pierce: suspended 180 days, can fight sooner with physician clearance (knee and ankle)
Joey Beltran: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Matt Hamill: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Dong Hyun Kim: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Jake Shields: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Raphael Assuncao: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Rousimar Palhares: suspended 14 days, 7 days no contact
Fabio Maldonado: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Thiago Silva: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Erick Silva: suspended 60 days, 45 days no contact
Demian Maia: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact

Pierce's knee is expected to be "okay."

Again, just a quick reminder: Fighters often return to action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases.

For a complete wrap up of all the UFC Fight Night 29 weekday festivities click here.

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