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“If the Referee Was In the Correct Position, Maybe None of This Would Have Happened”

“If the Referee Was In the Correct Position, Maybe None of This Would Have Happened”

Guess who is blaming the referee for the unsportsmanlike conduct – i.e., cranking a submission way too long – he just got suspended for? If you guessed Rousimar Palhares, who was hit with a two-year suspension and $40,000 fine yesterday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission stemming from his WSOF fight with Jake Shield, congrats! You win the prize!

As per MMAFighting:

“I appeared in front of the commission today to tell the truth and take the responsibilities for my acts. I thank the commission for opening an exception and allowing me the opportunity to participate on the hearing via Skype. I know all the complications that it has caused, but I once again thank them for understanding my current condition.

“Yet, I don’t agree with the punishment, both the suspension and the fine. Many untruths were said. They didn’t take in consideration the obvious mistake committed by referee Steve Mazzagatti, who was in an inadequate position at the moment of the submission. If the referee was in the correct position, maybe none of this would have happened.

“Unfortunately, I will have to obey this unfair decision, fulfilling my suspension and paying the fine. I’ll reflect about everything that happened and, together with my manager Alex Davis, I will make the best decision for the continuation of my career.”

Palhares is creep. Plain and simple.

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