It looks like Rousimar Palhares won’t be fighting again any time soon, as the controversial fighter has been handed a two year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Now if you’re new to MMA or just a very, very, casual fan, then you might not know that Palhares has a rep for holding onto fight ending submissions for too long. In 2010, he was suspended after he didn’t immediately release a heel hook on Tomasz Drwal after he tapped, and injured him.
Then, a few years later, Palhares also injured Mike Pierce by doing the same thing. This time around, however, the feared grappler was banned by the UFC.
Then in August, Palhares tapped Jake Shields at WSOF 22 with a Kimura, but didn’t immediately release the hold either (Shields also accused him of eye gouging during the fight). Afterwards the promotion stripped him of the welterweight title, and today, the NSAC suspended him for two years. The ruling is being reported by MMA Fighting.com.
Palhares has repeatedly said that he never intends to hurt fighters, and in this case, he claimed he did not feel Shields tapping. The 35 year-old was also fined $40,000.