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Rousimar Palhares Gets 2 Year Ban For Dirty Tactics

Written by Tom Ngo
October 29th, 2015
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WSOF Rousimar Palhares

Rousimar Palhares’ (pictured) temporary suspension just got a lot more permanent. During Thursday’s Nevada Athletic Commission hearing, the controversial welterweight was banned two years and docked $40,000 for holding a fight-ending kimura too long after opponent Jake Shields submitted in their August 1 bout at WSOF 22.

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 then sucker punched Palhares in the face after he finally let go. Shields was issued 50 hours of community service in September for his “unsportsmanlike” behavior.

Shields also accused the controversial Palhares of eye-gouging him on two separate occasions during their scrap, but that was not mentioned during today’s meeting.

Mazzagatti said today that he believed Palhares “clearly” held the submission too long.

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.

Palhares, 35, will be eligible to return to action in August 1, 2017.

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