UFC cuts Palhares following controversial submission win over Pierce
Rousimar Palhares will not be competing in the octagon after his prolonged submission of Mike Pierce
The UFC has decided to release Rousimar Palhares following the controversial submission over Mike Pierce yesterday. Palhares quickly submitted Pierce in the first round but it seemed that he held on to his submission beyond the initial stoppage of the referee. After the event, Dana White stated that Palhares will receive further punishment aside from denying him of the post fight bonus.
His punishment came quickly than expected and it was as brutal as his submission win. Dana White revealed in ESPN2 that he will be handing Palhares his walking papers.
“This is the second incident with Palhares where he had the lock and he didn’t let go, finally he let it go, but I’m gonna cut him too,” White told Jeremy Schaap in the Thursday edition of Olbermann. “He’s done.”
Palhares has a history of failing to let go of his submission holds. He did it once in UFC against Tomasz Drwal in 2010 and twice prior to his UFC career. The incident with Pierce is likely the last time we will see Palhares in the octagon.
The submission specialist explained later in his twitter account that what he did to Pierce is completely unintentional.
“I never meant to hurt anyone, as a jiu-jitsu fighter I always seek for the submission, but I would never be evil to any athlete.”
“I always respect the @ufc decisions, but most of most I respect a lot Mike Pierce, so again I never meant to hurt him, just finish the fight.” he wrote on Twitter.
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