Rousimar Palhares may have scored a huge win last night at UFC Fight Night 29, by quickly tapping out the extremely tough and underrated Mike Pierce, but that’s not why most people are talking about “Toquinho”today. No, instead the MMA world is still buzzing about the fact that Palhares held onto a fight ending heel hook after the ref intervened. Not only is the technique extremely dangerous, but Palhares has done this before.
After the card it was announced that no one was going to receive “Submission of the Night”, due to “unsportsmanlike conduct”, which was obviously directed at Palhares. There were no other tap-outs on the night.
Now, in a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, Dana White has relayed that the former middleweight will receive further punishment. What it will be, however, has yet to be determined.
In 2010, Palhares was suspended by the New Jersey athletic commission for 90 days, because he didn’t immediately release the heel hook he used to tap-out Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111. Five of the Brazilian vet’s eight UFC wins to date have come via heel hook. That’s crazy.
The controversy has marred what was a key victory for Palhares. Not only did he end a two fight losing streak, as he was coming off losses to Hector Lombard and Alan Belcher, but it was also his welterweight debut.
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