Former UFC welterweight Rousimar Palhares was cut from the UFC in the wake of his UFC Fight Night 29: Maia Vs Shields bout with Mike Pierce. Pierce had tapped to a heel hook 31 seconds into the fight, and despite the taps from Pierce and the referee stopping the fight, Palhares didn’t let go. The repercussions added up fast for Palhares. In less than 2 hours after the card was over, we heard Palhares would not be receiving the submission of the night bonus which he would have one, and less than 24 hours later we heard that he had been cut from the UFC altogether. While it sounded like a lifetime ban, UFC President Dana White never went as far as saying that he would never fight in the octagon again… Until now.
In White’s interview on FOX Sports 1 promoting UFC 166: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos III, White was asked if Palhares would ever be back, and if you had any doubt before you can put it away.
“The bottom line is anybody who is involved in jiu-jitsu knows that is the nastiest submission you can put someone in. It’s the dirtiest, nastiest submission in jiu-jitsu or in the sport of mixed martial arts. When you get it, and you know you got it, and the guy taps, you let go. And if you don’t, I will cut you.”
“He knew what he was doing that night. Apparently, there was some talk where Mike Pierce said some bad things and everything else. There is no place for that in this sport. You don’t hold a leglock that long while the guy is tapping and you know he is tapping. Especially that’s what Palhares is known for — he’s the best in the world in leglocks. What he did was wrong and really despicable what he did. He won’t be back. He can go fight with another organization. We don’t put up with that stuff here.”
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