Article

Zuffa Statement on Rousimar Palhares

Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, released the following statement regarding Rousimar Palhares:
As announced by UFC president Dana White, the UFC organization has elected to terminate its contract with Rousimar Palhares based on repeated incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct violating the UFC Fighter Code of Conduct and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.
 
At UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIA vs. SHIELDS on October 9, 2013, Palhares won his welterweight bout against Mike Pierce via heel hook submission in 31 seconds. Pierce appeared to tap several times physically and verbally and the ref intervened physically before Palhares let go. Despite being the only submission win on the card, Palhares was denied the Submission of the Night bonus. Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik announced at the post-fight press conference that the local commission would be investigating the length of time that Palhares held the submission. 
 
The controversy is not Palhares' first: In 2010, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended Palhares for 90 days following his heel hook win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 for not letting go after the referee stoppage.
 
In 2012, Palhares was again suspended for nine months after testing positive for elevated testosterone after UFC on FX 6.
 
Sunday, September 28
2PM
NZST
Las Vegas, Nevada

Media

Recent
Get up-to-date on the big changes to UFC 181, today's Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing, and the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.
22/09/2014
Swedish featherweight Niklas Backstrom has made up his mind. He's going to be the best in the world. On October 4th at UFC Fight Night Stockholm he meets Mike Wilkinson. Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS.
23/09/2014
Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 178, live Saturday, September 27 at 11am NZST.
22/09/2014
Watch the ticket on-sale press conference for UFC 181, live Friday, September 26 at 5pm/2pm ETPT.
22/09/2014