UFC releases Rousimar Palhares after holding submission lock too long

Rousimar Palhares waits to fight his middleweight bout

Rousimar Palhares waits to fight his middleweight bout against Alan Belcher at UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (May 5, 2012)
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And the Rousimar Palhares debate ends that quickly.

UFC president Dana White, in an appearance with Jeremy Schaap on ESPN's "Olbermann" said Palhares will no longer be on the UFC's roster of fighters after holding on to the ankle lock too long once Mike Pierce tapped out Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night in Brazil.

"I'm gonna cut him, too" White said. "He's done."

White cited the fact that this was a second incident involving Palhares as one of the reasons for the dismissal.

Watch the clip below. The entire interview will air at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.

(Newsday's app users can watch at youtube.com/watch?v=TYfe07LVDW4)

Earlier Thursday, Palhares attempted to clarify his action in the octagon via his verifed Twitter account.





Shortly after the video clip hit the Internet on Thursday, UFC parent company Zuffa LLC released a statement.

"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," the statement read.

Palhares was the only fighter to win by submission Wednesday night, but UFC officials elected that night to not award him the $50,000 bonus for submission of the night, citing "unsportsmanlike conduct."

"Pierce appeared to tap several times physically and verbally and the ref intervened physically before Palhares let go," Zuffa's statement said. "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."

Palhares has a history of doing such things in the cage. In 2010, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended the Brazilian fighter for 90 days after he didn't let go of his his heel hook on Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 when the referee stopped the bout.

He also tested positive for elevated testosterone after UFC on FX 6 in 2012 and was suspended for nine months.

Here's the full fight video of Palhares vs. Pierce.


(Newsday's app users can watch at youtube.com/watch?v=qsblWuiwMGY)

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