Former World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares was handed a two-year suspension and fined $40,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission Thursday.
The NAC handed down the suspension due to Palhares holding a submission on Jake Shields at a recent WSOF event in August after he had tapped. The fighter previously competed for the UFC before being released for the same reason.
Palhares (18-6) will be able to apply for his fighters’ license on August 2, 2017. Veteran referees John McCarthy and Steve Mazzagatti both testified against Palhares during the hearing before the NAC.
The fighter was stripped of the belt by the WSOF and subsequently released from his contract after the August bout vs. Shields.