Brazilian mixed martial artist Rousimar Palhares stole the show on Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29. It was not that he won in the first round by heel hook submission that earned him recognition but rather the classless way he refused to release his hold once his opponent tapped, verbally tapped and then relied on referee Keith Peterson to jump on top of Palhares to finally let go that forced action from UFC big wigs.
Palhares had the only submission of the night. However, UFC officials refused to give the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist the award and financial compensation that comes along with the award. The punishment did not end there. Watching from the United States was UFC President Dana White who took notice and ultimately cut Palhares from the UFC along with giving him a lifetime ban.
The UFC has big plans for 2014 involving Brazil and fighters from that region which would have included Palhares. For hardcore fans and industry insiders this is not a surprise. In 2010 Palhares was suspended for a similar action. Two years later he tested positive for high levels of testosterone and in 2013 his poor judgement is yet another setback he has brought on upon himself. His first win in the welterweight division in the world’s best MMA organization will be his last. Rausimar Palhares will never have another opportunity to compete on the sports biggest stage and for good reason.