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Rousimar Palhares vs. Steve Carl: Inverted Heel Hook Too Long?

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Rousimar Palhares is known by most for his dangerous heel hooks. He can threaten it from just about any position — a threat rare to the sport. In his last UFC fight, though he finished his opponent with a heel hook, he was subsequently released by the promotion for holding on too long.

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Many fans are asking whether Palhares held on too long again, as it may appear so because when Carl tapped he didn’t immediately let go. Controversy starts here: Palhares let go only when the referee intervened and pried his grip away. But many are either unaware or forget that fighters are instructed to release the lock only when intervened by the referee. It is the referee’s role to stop the fight as the opponent submits, that’s what Yves Lavigne instructed to his fighters, and that’s exactly what happened in this fight.