Instead of talking about how Rousimar Palhares quickly tapped out one of the UFC’s more underrated and toughest welterweights, or what the future might hold for “Toquinho” at 170, the MMA world is discussing the fighter’s unsportsmanlike conduct at UFC Fight Night 29.
As you most certainly know by now, Palhares caught Mike Pierce with a heel hook shortly into their scrap, but didn’t immediately release the technique after the referee jumped in. In fact, Pierce had to tap multiple times and was still tapping after the ref intervened.
Due to his actions, Palhares was not awarded “Submission of the Night” and an extra $50,000, which would have gone his way. There were no other submissions on the night to begin with, but the UFC announced that the leg lock master didn’t receive the honor due to “unsportsmanlike conduct.” In addition, UFC President Dana White has informed MMA Fighting.com that the promotion plans to discipline Palhares further. The UFC boss man didn’t provide any specific details as to what the punishment might entail.
In 2010, Palhares was suspended for 90 days by New Jersey official, after he held on to the heel hook he used to finish Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111. So, it will be interesting to see what kind of punishment the UFC hands out, considering he’s been disciplined for similar actions before.
Also lost in the shuffle somewhat is that the win may have saved Palhares from the unemployment line, as the fighter was coming off back-to-back losses to Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard. It certainly was an impressive and yet controversial welterweight debut for the 33 year-old.
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