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WSOF closes its doors on Palhares

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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WSOF is not signing Rousimar Palhares according to the organization's president Ray Sefo

Three of the biggest MMA organizations have closed its doors on Rousimar Palhares. Bellator has already nixed out the possibility of signing Palhares following his expulsion from UFC. Now, it’s MMA World Series of Fighting’s turn to reject the notorious submission artist in their rosters.

In an interview this Monday, WSOF president Ray Sefo has stated that their organization has no interest in signing Palhares.

“His past is not good,” explained Sefo. “The team and I have talked about it. He needs to probably seek some sort of help or talk to somebody, a psychiatrist or whatever, that can help him get away from hurting fighters.”

“Until he does that, we won’t look at signing him anytime soon or anything like that.”

Jon Fitch fully agrees with his company’s decision. The former UFC welterweight contender says that he will not accept a fight against Toquinho until he drop his vicious submission approach.

“He would have to definitely prove that he is no longer out there trying to cripple people after the fight is over.”

“It’s just not what our sport is. I mean, we’re trying to beat each other up, but when somebody concedes and gives up, you don’t continue to crank on the submissions. You can end somebody’s career that way. It’s just uncalled for.” 

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Hector Lombard might return to 185 after the Marquardt fight

Written on October 17, 2013 by Hector

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Hector Lombard is currently battling weight issues with just two days remaining before the official weigh in of his upcoming fight with Nate Marquardt

Former Bellator middleweight titleholder Hector Lombard is already facing a major challenge before his welterweight debut has even begun. It was revealed in UFC Tonight that Lombard is struggling to make the transition to welterweight with just days away before the official weigh in of his UFC 166 showdown against Nate Marquardt.

Lombard, who is a top prospect before competing in UFC, has previously stated that it would be impossible for him to drop to 170. However, he decided to make the transition after going 1-2 in his UFC campaign. Lombard made his UFC debut with a disappointing loss to Tim Boetsch in a fight that snapped his 25-fight winning streak. He bounced back with a first round KO over the infamous Rousimar Palhares but he would again drop a decision to Yushin Okami in his subsequent bout.

Lombard owns 18 KOs in his 32 wins and a lot of people are wondering on how the weight cut would affect his vaunted KO power. All those questions will be answered this weekend when Lombard faces former Strikeforce welterweight champion and UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt in the Fox Sports 1 preliminary cards of UFC 166.

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test returned clean results

Written on October 15, 2013 by Hector

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test results: not a single fighter tested positive for banned substances

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has released the results of the post fight tests of all the fighters that competed at UFC Fight Night 29 and surprisingly, all of them passed the test. Four men from the main cards had previously failed the test including the man of the night Jake Shields. Prior to the upset win over Maia, Shields was tested for an undisclosed substance that resulted in the overturning of the Ed Herman win to No Contest. The other three are Thiago Silva, Joey Beltran and the Rousimar Palhares.

Silva, who defeated Matt Hamill in his recent fight, has already failed the test twice. He faked a urine sample in the post-fight test of his decision win over Brandon Vera in UFC 125. Silva would again fail the drug test by testing positive for marijuana after handing the first career loss of Stanislav Nedkov in November last year.

Both Palhares and Beltran were suspended after failing the post-fight tests of UFC on FX 6 that was held last December in Australia. In that incident, Palhares tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone while Beltran was positive for anabolic steroids.

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Jon Fitch not interested in fighting Palhares

Written on October 14, 2013 by Hector

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Jon Fitch agrees with UFC's decision to release Palhares

Rousimar Palhares has been meeting roadblocks after roadblocks following the controversial submission win over Mike Pierce and it does not stop at the $50,000 loss, the release from UFC and the 120 day CABMMA suspension. Bellator, the second largest American based promotion has already stated that they have no intentions of signing Palhares so that leaves WSOF as the remaining large organization who will possibly adopt “Toquinho”.

However, one of the organization’s stars; Jon Fitch said that he does not want anything to do with the deadly submission ace. The former UFC welterweight contender pointed out that he will likely turn down the fight if WSOF signs and matches him with Palhares.

“It was a second offense,” says Fitch. “Holding onto a submission too long, especially with a joint lock like that. You’re talking about ending someone’s career potentially. I think it was the right move (to release him). I personally wouldn’t accept a fight with him because of those. One time maybe, but not twice. I would never even compete against him honestly. If he’s got that long of a history of holding onto them too long, his career should probably be done because no one should take a fight with him or a grappling match with him for that matter.

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UFC cuts Palhares following controversial submission win over Pierce

Written on October 11, 2013 by Hector

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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 in addition for denying him of the post fight bonus.

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UFC Fight Night 29 recap: a night of upsets

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields upsets Demian Maia in the main event of UFC FIght Night 29

UFC Fight Night 29, which took place earlier in Barueri, Brazil, featured a pair of upsets in its main cards. Below is the complete results and summary of the event:

Jake Shields def. Maia via split decision

Jake Shields narrowly edges hometown favorite Demian Maia. The two fighters showcased their exceptional grappling skills as both of them traded sweeps and dominant positions all throughout the bout. At the end of the fight, two judges favored Shields with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47

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Unsportsmanlike conduct spoils Palhares’ exceptional welterweight debut

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Toquinho's impressive welterweight debut is ruined by his controversial submission

Rousimar Palhares made easy work of Mike Pierce in his welterweight debut earlier at UFC Fight Night 29. Using his trademark heel hook, the Brazilian finished Pierce in just 31 seconds of the first round. Palhares would have won the Submission of the Night award not only for the fact that it was the sole submission finish but for the brilliance of his move as well. However, UFC has decided to deny him of the post fight bonus due to his unsportsmanlike conduct during the fight.

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Rousimar Palhares aims to rejuvenate career in welterweight division

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Rousimar Palhares will make his welterweight debut in UFC Fight Night 29 against Mike Pierce

Submission specialist Rousimar Palhares will make his octagon return this Wednesday in UFC Fight Night 29. Palhares, whose stocky build earned him the nickname “Toquinho”, promised to reinvent himself by dropping to 170lbs for the first time in his career. He made the transition after suffering consecutive knock out losses to Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard. He says that he felt better when he dropped to 170 lbs.

“I feel better than I expected at 170,” he said. “I did a 20-minute fight in the gym one day after I cut down to 170 and did great. I’ve changed everything in my diet. I can eat everything but carbohydrates and sugar. It was tough, man. I loved to eat meat, French fries, chocolate and ice cream, but that’s okay.”

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Rodrigo Damm sidelined due to kidney stones, fight with Hacran Dias removed from UFC Fight Night 29

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Rodrigo Damm's kidney injury resulted in the removal of the featherweight showdown between him and Hacran Dias in UFC Fight Night 29

The upcoming featherweight matchup between Rodrigo Damm and Hacran Dias was removed from the UFC Fight Night 29 due to Damm’s injury. It was reported that Damm has suffered from kidney stone attack while cutting weight for his upcoming fight. Damm already has a history with weight cutting and kidney issues. He was pulled out from the semi finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil when he suffered the same injury.

UFC has decided not to seek for replacement and the event will now go on with just 10 matches. Here’s the updated lineup after the cancellation of the Damm vs. Dias bout:

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Joey Beltran And Rousimar Palhares Face Suspension For Failing Drug Tests

Written on January 10, 2013 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC on FX 6 fighters Beltran and Palhares both receive a nine-month suspension

Middleweight Joey Beltran and light heavyweight Rousimar Palhares have been suspended after failing their post fight drug tests for the UFC on FX 6 event, which took place in Australia. Palhares tested positive for high levels of testosterone while Beltran was positive for anabolic steroid, nandrolone.

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