Nick Diaz *maybe* fails a drug test for marijuana and the Nevada State Athletic Commission drops the hammer on him via a five-year suspension. Meanwhile, Brazilian Rousimar Palhares cranks a submission on Jake Shields at a World Series of Fighting event and he gets suspended for two years. What. On. Earth. Is. Going. On. Here.
Okay, Diaz injustices aside, the news is that Palhares – oh ye of constant failures to release submission holds – is finally paying the price for his actions, with the NSAC levying a $40,000 fine in addition to that forced time off.
Here’s MMAFighting with some details:
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 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 he believed Shields’ taps to be his opponent actually kneeing him in the back.
Frankly, I’d be happy if we never see Palhares in the cage again, but whatever. Two years will have to do.