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You may be surprised to hear that Rousimar Palhares has signed a deal to fight for fledgling Italian MMA promotion Venator FC in May. The Nevada State Athletic Commission and [former?] contract-owners World Series of Fighting certainly are.
“Toquinho” was WSOF’s welterweight champion until his title was stripped from him after the NSAC suspended the Brazilian submission specialist for two years. The commission deemed Palhares to have deliberately held onto his kimura submission for too long against Jake Shields at WSOF 22. Along with the suspension—due to expire on August 1, 2017—Toquinho was also fined $40,000 for his adjudged misdemeanor.
According to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting, Palhares remains a contracted fighter of WSOF despite the aforementioned title-stripping—and any fights for a different organisation is a violation of his contract which is something Toquinho’s manager Alex Davis vehemently denies. That’s not taking into account the fact that flagrantly flouting an NSAC suspension is career suicide if you want to ever compete in the United States again—the country where most of the MMA money resides.
The suspension was deemed a by-product of the negative reputation Toquinho had garnered for holding onto damaging heel hook submissions for too long after the fight had already been stopped by the referee. Palhares’ first instance of this saw him earn a 90-day suspension by the New Jersey commission for failing to release his heel hook submission over Polish fighter Tomasz Drwal in a timely manner back in 2010. Toquinho then got his marching orders from the UFC for committing the same offence against American veteran Mike Pierce in 2013. That’s not forgetting his failed drugs test in 2012.
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