Victory came with a price for Rousimar Palhares. | Photo: Marcelo Alonso/Sherdog.com
Rousimar Palhares made a successful debut at 170 pounds at UFC Fight Night 29, as he submitted Mike Pierce with a heel hook on Wednesday at Jose Correa Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. However, his decision to cling to the hold even after Pierce tapped out proved costly.
Despite landing the event’s only submission, Palhares was denied a $50,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus due to what Ultimate Fighting Championship officials deemed “unsportsmanlike conduct.” The Brazilian leg lock ace was behind another such incident at UFC 111, where he submitted Tomasz Drwal with a first-round heel hook. Palhares was subsequently suspended for 90 days because he refused to release the hold after referee Kevin Mulhall had called a stop to the fight.
UFC Fight Night 29 spawned a number of threads on the Sherdog.net forums: