While a select few fans are accusing the media of blackballing Rousimar Palhares out of the UFC for his failure to release a leg lock submission when Mike Pierce tapped at UFC Fight Night 29: Maia Vs Shields, most experts and pundits are in agreement that there is no place for the in mixed martial arts. Palhares has a history of not only doing it in the octagon, but also doing it in brazilian jiu jitsu competitions. Even some of his former training partners and coaches have said that he would do it while training for fights, and when you ask most fighters they will tell you the last person you ever want to hurt is one of your training partners. Perennial top ten welterweight Jon Fitch, who has been training ground fighting for most of his life, recently came out and said that the UFC did the right thing be releasing Palhares from his contract.
Fitch told MMA Oddsbreaker:
“It was a second offense. Holding onto a submission too long, especially with a joint lock like that. You’re talking about ending someone’s career potentially. I think it was the right move (to release him). I personally wouldn’t accept a fight with [Palhares] because of those. One time maybe, but not twice. I would never even compete against him honestly. If he’s got that long of a history of holding onto them too long, his career should probably be done because no one should take a fight with him or a grappling match with him for that matter.”
“It would be the first time in my career that I turned down a fight.”
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