Yesterday it was revealed that Rousimar Palhares was suspended for 2 years for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after continuing to hold a kimura despite Jake Shields tapping and referee Steve Mazzagatti attempting to separate the two.
In addition, Palhares has to forfeit $40,000 from his fight purse, and was stripped of the WSOF welterweight title.
In a written statement provided to MMAJunkie, Palhares’ manager Alex Davis respectfully disagrees with the NSAC.
“For now, we need time to review the next steps for Mr. Palhares’ career keeping in mind this suspension.”
“While we understand the deliberations and outcomes of the hearing, we respectfully disagree with the findings and subsequent disciplinary actions. At no time did he intend harm to Mr. Shields. As any fighter would, he awaited the indication of a tap from the referee Mr. Mazzagatti, who unfortunately was not standing in a position that allowed Rousimar to clearly understand the tap was called.”
“It is clear that this is his career at stake so we must carefully consider his future.”
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