Last night, at World Series of Fighting 9, Rousimar Palhares became the World Series of Fighting Welterweight champion by submitting Steve Carl by inverted heel hook in the first round.
If you recall, Palhares was cut from the UFC after submitting Mike Pierce back in October. Palhares was able to latch on to the fight ending heel hook on Pierce in just 30 seconds, but held on to the submission far after Pierce had tapped and the ref stepped in.
The WSOF signed Palhares after the UFC cut him, but warned that any type of similar behavior would result in his immediate release. After his submission win last night, some MMA fans and pundits cried foul once again, but WSOF president, Ray Sefo saw it differently (Courtesy of MMAFighting):
The submission happened right in front of Ali and I. I thought as soon as the referee told him to let go, he let go. So if you think that he held it too long, then you’re crazy.
Palhares, who spoke through a translator at the post-fight press conference, had this to say regarding the submission:
My opponent felt the position, my opponent tapped. I let go, and I don’t care about whatever anybody else says. I let go.
Clearly the World Series of Fighting saw no controversy in the submission last night, and therefore we should move on to preparing for the Jon Fitch vs Rousimar Palhares title fight in July.