'Dirty cheater' Palhares was slow to let go of another submission hold last night

The controversial Brazilian defeated Jake Shields at WSOF 22.

ROUSIMAR PALHARES DOESN’T seem to have learned his lesson after being dumped by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The controversial Brazilian was released by the UFC in October 2013 after beating Mike Pierce by heel-hook. Palhares appeared to hold on to the submission a little too long after the fight had officially been stopped — and not for the first time either.

The 35-year-old welterweight later found a new home with the World Series of Fighting and immediately became the promotion’s new 170lbs champion. Last night, Palhares defended his belt against fellow UFC veteran Jake Shields at WSOF 22.

In the third round, Shields tapped to a kimura but Palhares cranked on the hold for a couple of extra seconds after referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in to stop the fight. Understandably, Shields wasn’t happy and threw a punch in frustration.


Several former opponents of Palhares have also made similar claims. In 2010, he was suspended for 90 days by the UFC for not releasing a heel-hook on Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111. Furthermore, Palhares was banned for nine months in 2012 due to a failed drug test.

After last night’s bout, Jake Shields also complained of at least eight ‘blatant’ eye-gouging attempts during the course of their Las Vegas contest.

“I would (like a rematch),” Shields told MMAjunkie. “I hate this guy. I’ll be ready for the eye-gouges this time. I knew he was a dirty cheater, but I wasn’t ready for eye-gouges.”

Palhares has been coming in for plenty of criticism online as a result of last night’s incident, with SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh labelling him ‘a disgrace’.

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