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UFC Executive Discusses How Upset Promotion Is With Rousimar Palhares

An emotional week for Rousimar Palhares could get even more emotional.

After Palhares earned a much-needed victory over Mike Pierce Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29, he was ripped for his decision to not release his heel hook right away.

Palhares, who has done this in the past and caught the attention of his fellow fighters, would have won the “Submission of the Night” as it was the lone fight to end that way. However, the UFC has decided to not hand it out – at least not yet.

“There’s been a bit of a history (with Palhares doing that),” Zelaznik said. “(UFC president) Dana (White) reacted strongly; the commission reacted strongly.

“We decided, in the betterment of judgement, (to not award the bonus). If the commission comes back, we could re-evaluate.”

Zelaznik added that further punishment could be handed down once the promotion fully reviews the finish and hears back from the Brazilian commission.