Rousimar Palhares has an infamous past, which has led to several promotions passing on the former UFC fighter. Bellator already said no and World Series of Fighting (WSOF) president Ray Sefo doesn’t have interest.
“The team and I have talked about it,” said Sefo. “He needs to probably seek some sort of help or talk to somebody, a psychiatrist or whatever, that can help him get away from hurting fighters. Until he does that, we won’t look at signing him anytime soon or anything like that.”
In his welterweight debut, Palhares submitted Mike Pierce in the first minute of round one at UFC Fight Night 29. The submission hold was kept in place after Pierce repeatedly tapped and the referee had called the fight. He took a 120 day suspension from the Brazilian commission for his actions. Palhares had a similar moment in 2010 and served a 90 day suspension.
Palhares claims he apologized to Pierce and the UFC bosses after the incident.