Rousimar Palhares was jettisoned by the UFC. | Photo: Marcelo Alonso/Sherdog.com
Rousimar Palhares will have to ply his trade elsewhere.
Palhares was banned from competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a result of “unsportsmanlike conduct” that cost him a $50,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus at UFC Fight Night 29 on Oct. 9. Promotion officials announced the news via Twitter after UFC President Dana White told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap that “Toquinho” had been cut from the organization’s roster. The decision has sparked heated debate.
Known for his effective leg lock attack, Palhares quickly finished Mike Pierce in his welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night 29, which was held at the Jose Correa Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Brazilian’s skill in applying the fight-ending heel hook was impressive, but his conduct after Pierce surrendered landed him in hot water. After Palhares caught Pierce’s heel, the American tapped out vehemently, and referee Keith Peterson dived into the action to halt the contest, but Palhares did not immediately release the hold.
This marks the second time Palhares has been disciplined for hanging onto a heel hook after his opponent submitted, as the stocky competitor was previously suspended for 90 days by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board for cranking the potentially dangerous hold against Tomasz Drwal in 2010.
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