Rousimar Palhares (pictured) is MMA’s best submission assassin this side of Ronda Rousey. The controversial welterweight is also the dirtiest.
On Tuesday, World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo announced on “The MMA Hour” that the promotion has decided to strip Palhares of his title following Saturday’s submission victory over bitter rival Jake Shields.
Palhares was also issued an indefinite suspension.
After Palhares caught Shields in a kimura in the third round of their title tilt, Shields repeatedly tapped Palhares’ butt at least five times to surrender. Palhares finally stopped cranking when referee Steve Mazzagatti slapped him on his back six times with both hands and yelled at him to stop.
Shields was so irate of Palhares’ unsportsmanlike play that he socked him in the face after the stoppage.
Oh, and that wasn’t Palhares’ only dirty trick of the fight. He was warned earlier in the contest for eye-gouging Shields on two separate occasions.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Palhares has been at the center of dirty behavior. The UFC banned Palhares in 2013 after holding onto a heel hook too long after Mike Pierce submitted. The Brazilian was also suspended 90 days in 2010 for the same act on Tomasz Drwal.
Palhares continues to cry innocence after each controversial stoppage. Either he is lying to himself or has lied about it so much that he actually believes it.
Regardless, no bling-bling belt for you.
No word on what WSOF intends to do with the now-vacant welterweight belt.
The Nevada Athletic Commission, who sanctioned the event inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, can still punish Palhares and Shields (post-fight punch) for their conduct.
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