Jake Shields Gets Minimal Punishment For Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Written by Tom Ngo
September 14th, 2015

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Two wrongs don’t make a right, but Nevada Athletic Commission commissioner Pat Lundvall understands.

During Monday’s NAC hearing, Lundvall and Co. handed World Series of Fighting welterweight Jake Shields (pictured) 50 hours of community service for punching Rousimar Palhares in the face after the bell following August’s loss at WSOF 22.

Shields responded with the unsportsmanlike strike because Palhares, as he often does for some reason, continued to crank on
the fight-ending kimura long after Shields submitted, and after referee Steve Mazzagatti told him to release the lock.

Shields said that was the final straw after accusing Palhares of eye-gouging him on multiple occasions during the second round of their scrap.

“I don’t think two wrongs make a right, but I can understand what appears to be almost an involuntary reflex in that type of circumstance,” Lundvall stated.

The NAC temporarily suspended Shields and Palhares in August for their extracurricular activities. Shields’ ban has been lifted and he was not issued a fine.

Palhares, meanwhile, did not attend today’s hearing due to his wife’s pregnancy. He will stand before the NAC to receive his punishment at a later date.

WSOF stripped Palhares of his welterweight title immediately after his dirty display against Shields.

Of course, this is old hat for Palhares. 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.

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