Venator Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced that it has signed welterweight Rousimar Palhares to fight at its May 21 even in Milan.
Palhares, a former World Series of Fighting champion, is the latest controversial signing by the Italian fight promotion, which also garnered a lot of attention for inking a deal with troubled UFC veteran Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Miller has been in and out of legal trouble continuously for the past few years, most recently for suspicion of driving under the influence and a vandalism charge. While not in legal trouble, Palhares is currently in the midst of a two-year suspension handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission for having held a shoulder-lock submission (Kimura) on WSOF 22 opponent Jake Shields well beyond Shields’ taps and the taps of referee Steve Mazzagatti, who had to forcibly pull Palhares off of Shields.
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The Palhares incident in the fight with Shields was the latest in a lengthy record for having held submissions beyond what was considered sportsmanlike. He has been suspended in the past for the same transgression and was also released from his UFC contract for doing the same thing in yet another fight.
In signing Palhares, Venator FC announced that he would immediately fight for its welterweight championship against Norwegian fighter Emil “Valhalla” Meeks.
“Rousimar is a great champion who has often found himself unfairly under fire for excessive holding (alleged or real) after opponents have tapped out,” said Venator FC President Frank Merenda. “But anyone who knows him knows that he is a good ….View full article