Jake Shields was kicking infamous Brazilian cheater Rousimar Palhares at World Series of Fighting 22 early last month, so Palhares began repeatedly eye-gouging him, and then tapped the American with a kimura (which he held on to for too long). As a result, Shields struck Palhares after the referee had stopped the fight.
Today, Shields stood before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to learn his fate. Essentially, he got off with a slap on the wrist.
Acknowledging his wrongdoing while simultaneously pointing out that it was a result of being frustrated over Palhares fingers raking his eyes over and over again, Shields seemed willing to accept whatever punishment the Commission saw fit to hand down. Luckily for him, the determined that his penance would be to complete 50 hours of community service.
(For those who don’t know, community service can sometimes mean menial municipal tasks, like picking up trash along the highway. However, if someone has a particular set of skills the court deems worthwhile, they could order that that person impart those skills on members of the community. It is therefore quite conceivable that Shields will have to teach self-defense at the nearby retirement home.)
Palhares was originally supposed to face the music with the Commission today, but he requested a continuance to next month.