Now former WSOF welterweight champion, Rousimar Palhares, has finally come forward and given his side of the story, regarding WSOF 22 and his fight with Jake Shields.
Palhares could be seen raking his hands over Shields eyes during the fight and was warned several times to stop. He also held onto the fight ending submission a little bit too long, which he’s been accused of several times in the past. On Tuesday’s The MMA Hour, WSOF president Ray Sefo announced that Palhares had been stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely.
His manager came out right after and said he didn’t agree with how the promotion was handling the situation, but the former champ has stayed silent, until now.
He told MMAFighting that it was Shields who was cheating and he basically did nothing wrong. OK.
“That makes me sad. Jake Shields is unbelievable. He’s a total a–hole. I couldn’t believe someone could be such an a–hole. He has no respect for me, for the sport, for anyone. He’s dishonest. He had Vaseline all over his body, he was more slippery than a okra. I couldn’t grab a hold of him for nothing.”
“I wasn’t mad at him before the fight, but the things that happened during the fight made me pissed. He’s calling me a dirty fighter, but he’s the one with Vaseline all over his body. That’s dirty. And he also threw things at me while I was talking to the media after the fight. I was upset with things he said before the fight, but I became pissed with everything that happened in the fight.
“He had so much Vaseline that I could barely stand back up after we went to the ground for the first time. I couldn’t event throw a kick or go for a takedown, I couldn’t hold him at all because he was too slippery.”
He also says that he wasn’t gouging Shields eyes, just trying to push his face away because Shields was ‘hitting my eyes with his chin.’
What do you guys think?
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