Oct 9, 2013; Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Rousimar Palhares reacts after defeating Mike Pierce (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

UFC bans Rousimar Palhares


After UFC Fight Night 29, many were left wondering what the UFC would do with Rousimar Palhares after he held on to his heel hook well after Mike Pierce had tapped on Wednesday night and we now have a decision.

According to reports, the UFC has decided to ban Palhares and has decided that he will never fight for the promotion again.

Jeremy Schapp of ESPN passed along the news:

The move does appear to be a bit harsh on the surface, but you have to remember that Palhares is a repeat offender.

He was previously suspended 90 days for holding on to a heel hook too long at UFC 111 against Tomasz Drwal, so White laid down the ban hammer like he saw fit.

For as talented of a fighter as Palhares is, it shouldn’t take him long to find a new home.

What are your thoughts on the decision by the UFC? Sound off in the comments section below to share your opinion.

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  • Kyle Chainey

    Also, holding onto a heel hook is crossing the line. Heel Hooks, if you didn’t know, rip apart the ligaments in your knee, and doesn’t hurt until after there has been damage done. Mike Pierce, in tapping and then staying in the sub longer than needed, might have serious damage done to his leg.

  • Mark Hazlip

    I think it’s a fair and smart move by Dana. Palhares is a leg submission specialist and knew better than to hold that submission too long. The goal is to submit your opponent, not to end his career or cripple him.