Rousimar Palhares recently submitted Mike Pierce in dominant fashion at UFC Fight Night 29. Unfortunately for Palhares, it was a Pyrrhic victory, as he was fired from the promotion soon after. Palhares received this punishment because he failed to let go of the heel-hook in a timely manner after Pierce was screaming in agony and tapping multiple times while the ref was trying to pull Palhares off of him.
As a result, Pierce now has an injured ankle and some ligament damage. Banning Palhares from the UFC may sound like a harsh punishment, but this was not the first time Palhares had injured a fighter in this fashion.
At UFC 111, in his fight against Tomasz Drwal, Palhares was penalized a 90 day suspension for not releasing his heel-hook in a appropriate timely manner. He has also been known to do this in grappling matches.
“His past is not good,” said the president of MMA World Series of Fighting Ray 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.”
Sefo elaborated that his organization has no intention of signing Palhares as long as he is a danger to other fighters. “Until he does that, we won’t look at signing him anytime soon or anything like that.”
Former UFC welterweight Jon Fitch also confirmed that he agreed with Ray Sefo’s stance on the issue. Fitch said he would not agree to fight Palhares unless the tainted fighter cleaned up his act.