UFC issues official statement regarding UFC ‘termination’ of Rousimar Palhares

October 11, 2013

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UFC issues official statement regarding UFC ‘termination’ of Rousimar Palhares



UFC parent company Zuffa LLC issued a statement earlier today regarding the termination of Brazilian Rousimar Palhares after showing unsportsmanlike conduct during his bout with Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29.  The Brazilian held onto his submission longer than needed, forcing the UFC to step in and take disciplinary action.

Here it straight from the UFC themselves:  “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 29 on Oct. 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.”

ZUFFA referenced some skeletons in “Toquinho’s” closet, as well. Bringing up the prior heel hook incident Palhares played a star role in, against Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111.

“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.”

But the owners did manage to mention his positive test for raised levels of testosterone In 2012.

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

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