Welterweight Rousimar Palhares (pictured) took just 31 seconds to submit Mike Pierce on Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 29. Unfortunately for the jiu jitsu specialist, it marks the last time he will ever set foot inside the Octagon.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, who is filling in this week as host of “Olbermann,” said UFC president Dana White has banned Palhares from the UFC for seemingly intentionally cranking on Pierce’s ankle a couple extra ticks after he surrendered and the referee came crashing in to stop the fight.
“@danawhite tells me on @ESPNOlbermann that Rousimar Palhares is banned. won’t ever fight for UFC again…” Schaap posted on his Twitter account.
As expected, Palhares adamantly denied any wrongdoing earlier today.
“I never meant to hurt anyone, as a jiu-jitsu fighter I always seek for the submission, but I would never be evil to any athlete,” Palhares tweeted in his own defense. “I always respect the @UFC decisions, but most of most I respect a lot Mike Pierce, so again I never meant to hurt him, just finish the fight.”
However, White and the UFC aren’t buying what the Brazilian is selling. On replay, it is clear “Toquinho” continued to twist when Piece had already cried uncle.
The promotion expressed their displeasure with Palhares’ actions immediately after his win by denying him a $50,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus check. He was the only fighter to score a submission victory last night.
Palhares owns a 15-5 professional record, with 11 of his wins coming by way of submission. Yesterday marked the longtime middleweight’s welterweight debut.
The 33-year-old was also fresh off serving a nine-month testosterone suspension.
Catch White’s interview on “Olbermann” tonight on ESPN2 at 11PM ET/8PM PT.
Just in case you missed the scrap, take a look at the highlights below and judge for yourself: