UFC official statement on Rousimar Palhares release


Rousimar Palhares fought Mike Pierce on the main card of Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 29 in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shortly into the opening round, Palahares secured a heel hook, Pierce tapped, the referee moved in to end the contest, and Palhares didn't stop. This was the second time he held a heel hook too long - the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended Palhares for 90 days, following an identical infraction vs. Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 In 2010. Palhares did the same thing at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship.

Following the latest infraction, UFC president Dana White banned Plahares for life from the UFC. Thursday night the official statement appeared at UFC.com.

As announced by UFC president Dana White, the UFC organization has elected to terminate its contract with Rousimar Palhares based on repeated incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct violating the UFC Fighter Code of Conduct and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.

At UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIA vs. SHIELDS on October 9, 2013, Palhares won his welterweight bout against Mike Pierce via heel hook submission in 31 seconds. Pierce appeared to tap several times physically and verbally and the ref intervened physically before Palhares let go. Despite being the only submission win on the card, Palhares was denied the Submission of the Night bonus. Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik announced at the post-fight press conference that the local commission would be investigating the length of time that Palhares held the submission.

The controversy is not Palhares' first: In 2010, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended Palhares for 90 days following his heel hook win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 for not letting go after the referee stoppage.

In 2012, Palhares was again suspended for nine months after testing positive for elevated testosterone after UFC on FX 6.

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The Nastyness site profile image  

10/12/13 3:25 AM by The Nastyness

Also to ShowtimeWreckedMyLeever...if your leg had been in there, I guarantee you'd have a totally different opinion. It's easy to see someone else in pain and say whatever, try putting your career on the line.

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10/12/13 3:18 AM by The Nastyness

Ok, not tryin to be "that guy" but did any of you watch the fight live? When the ref stepped in, Paul Harris actually cranked the sub HARDER. Don't take my word for it, watch the replay. It's like he had a few seconds left to cause as much damage as possible and he did it.There's a reason he's getting cut...and its not because he's good at leglocks...

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10/11/13 11:29 PM by ssj


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10/11/13 6:08 PM by DarkHelmet


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10/11/13 4:13 PM by Rambo John J

Pierce cried wolf,  His reaction is the driving force behind this debacle.  He got off easy,  People are going to pretend that he beat Rousimar by DQ.  Quite a messed up situation. They should have just hugged it out.

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10/11/13 4:00 PM by circa305

Paul Harris VS Ben Askren for the title book it Rebney

PingLagger site profile image  

10/11/13 4:00 PM by PingLagger

Can he come back as Paul Harris?

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10/11/13 3:53 PM by ShowtimeWreckedMyLeever

Yea at first I thought it was vicious. But after seeing the clock on it 1 second isn't THAT bad. I mean its still bad... But it could have been reaction time as well.

Pura Vida site profile image  

10/11/13 3:06 PM by Pura Vida

Hello Mr. Strawman.

Rob San Soo site profile image  

10/11/13 2:56 PM by Rob San Soo

Ok so what happen to Pierce's knee? Anybody ? Had of snapped his leg off , since everyone's so upset.