Rousimar Palhares’s recent antics in the octagon have left him without an organization to fight for. So far, Bellator has come out and stated that they are not interested in signing him, leaving some to wonder if Palhares would follow Yushin Okami to the WSOF.
That possibility now seems unlikely though, as World Series of Fighting welterweight standout Jon Fitch has revealed that he will not even consider fighting Palhares.
“It was a second offense,” said Fitch in an interview with MMAOddsBreaker. “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 [Palhares] 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.”
If Fitch was offered a fight with the Brazilian, he stated that, “It would be the first time in my career that I turned down a fight.”
Now it seems that Palhares will either turn to Asia’s One FC, head to the smaller shows in Brazil, or retire. In any case, his options are starting to run out.