Disgraced UFC vet Rousimar Palhares stepped into the World Series of Fighting cage at their last event with a relatively clean slate, and with a belt up for grabs he proceeded to eye-gouge the crap out of opponent Jake Shields and then hold on to a kimura way too long. For his transgressions, the Brazilian was stripped of his belt and suspended. But the bad feelings linger for WSOF honcho Ali Abdel-Aziz.
As per MMAFighting:
“Listen, Palhares did it to himself. He did it to himself and he keeps doing it to himself,” WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz said Monday on The MMA Hour. “For him, I don’t think he should think about fighting anymore. He should think about his well-being. He should think about his mental state. The guy needs some help. I don’t know what kind of help he needs, but he needs some serious help.”
“I put my neck out there and I got smashed because I’m the one who signed him, and he did not make me proud,” Abdel-Aziz said. “His management team, they’ve got to get together and they’ve got to be like, ‘listen, how are we going to fix this man’s life.’ I’m not even worried about him even fighting in World Series of Fighting again. He might never fight again. I want to see this human being do well in life, because he needs to fix something. I don’t know what it is, he’s a great guy, I really like him a lot, but he’s got to fix something in his life.
“There’s just something wrong there. We all know it, but I’m not a doctor. It’s not my job to kind of figure out what’s wrong with the guy. My job is to promote. I’m a promoter, I put on fights. But if I was on his team and I managed him or cared about him, I would take a completely different route with him.”
I would be perfectly happy never see a cheater like Palhares fight again. And it seems that that particular sentiment is spreading.