It’s not looking good for former UFC fighter Rousimar Palhares. By now, most know he’s been released by the UFC for unsportsmanlike conduct. At UFC Fight Night 29, Palhares secured a heel hook moments into the fight and got the submission win from Mike Pierce.
Pierce tapped repeatedly as the referee tried to have Palhares release the hold. Palhares didn’t let go of the submission and Pierce had to endure the extra pain for a few more seconds. As a result, Palhares was promptly released by the UFC and Pierce was given a six month medical suspension.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, who often doesn’t agree with UFC president Dana White, thought the release of Palhares was justified and he won’t be hiring the welterweight.
“Risks already exist for the courageous, world class fighters who enter the Bellator cage; without adding further unnecessary risks into the mix,” said Rebney to TMZ. “Fighter safety is paramount to me and my team.”
Palhares has claimed his innocence from the beginning.