Rousimar Palhares claimed to have turned a new leaf when he inked a deal with World Series of Fighting in 2014. He made his promotional debut against Steve Carl and, of course, held the inverted heel hook a bit too long. He followed that performance with a WSOF Welterweight Championship defense against Jon Fitch where he cranked the hold too quickly, barely giving Fitch a chance to submit.
Palhares had once again gained the reputation of a dirty fighter and Jake Shields was going to take it upon himself to punish him for it. Instead, their fight at “WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields” was surrounded by controversy instigated by Palhares’ actions throughout the fight. An investigation proved that Palhares poked the eyes of Shields several times throughout the fight before holding on to the final submission attempt in the third round too long, causing Shields to submit and scream in agony.
Palhares was stripped of his championship and suspended as a fighter shortly thereafter.
WSOF Vice President Ali Abdel Aziz went out on a limb signing Palhares and thinks the former champion should prepare to never fight again.
“Listen, Palhares did it to himself. He did it to himself and he keeps doing it to himself,” WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told MMA Fighting. “For him, I don’t think he should think about fighting anymore. He should think about his well-being. He should think about his mental state. The guy needs some help. I don’t know what kind of help he needs, but he needs some serious help.”
Palhares has since spoken out on the incident, claiming all was not as it seemed. What do you make of the situation? Should the fighters have rejoiced like they did when Palhares got suspended, or was the punishment too cruel? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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