At last night’s UFC Fight Night 29 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rousimar Palhares was victorious in his welterweight debut but it did not come without some controversy. Palhares needed just 31 seconds to get the submission win, but he held on to the fight-ending ankle lock a little too long and he left many people unhappy.
Pierce didn’t appreciate the gesture and there were many media members that took to Twitter to call Palhares’ actions shameful.
The American clearly tapped as soon as Palhares locked in the submission, but “Toquinho” continued to crank as Pierce tapped and showed some obvious pain. It was a good three seconds later that Palhares finally let go.
Leg locks are potentially devastating, so hanging on to the submission after the tap put Pierce’s livelihood in jeopardy.
You can watch a video of Palhares’ submission here.
After the fight, the UFC punished Palhares by disqualifying him from the Submission of the Night bonus because of “unsportsmanlike conduct.” Those extra seconds of hanging on to the submission cost the Brazilian a whopping $50,000.
On top of the bonus being taken away, Palhares could face a suspension. In the past, he was suspended 90 days for a similar offense, so a standard has already been set.
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