The Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to suspend former World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares for two years due to unsportsmanlike conduct in his WSOF 22 victory over Jake Shields.
Palhares was also fined $40,000 of his fight purse, plus court fees. The suspension is retroactive to Aug. 1.
Palhares, 35, defeated Shields via third-round submission in a foul laden contest that saw the Brazilian gouge Shields’ eyes several times, then crank his fight-ending kimura for several ticks after Shields tapped. Palhares was subsequently stripped off his WSOF welterweight title and suspended indefinitely by promotion officials.
Palhares and manager Alex Davis appeared before the NAC without legal representation on Thursday via Skype call. The focus of the hearing was on Palhares’ history of late cranks, and neither Palhares nor Davis denied any of the commission’s allegations.
Palhares still maintained his innocence, however, claiming that he could not see referee Steve Mazzagatti and was not aware of Shields or Mazzagatti tapping to stop the fight. Palhares also claimed that he believed Shields’ taps to be his opponent actually kneeing him in the back.
Both Mazzagatti and WSOF president Ray Sefo testified their belief that Palhares’ actions constituted unsportsmanlike conduct. Veteran ….View original article
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