It’s no surprise the UFC opted to fire Rousimar (Toquinho) Palhares for his actions at UFC Fight Night 29 in Barueri, Brazil Wednesday.
In his welterweight debut, Palhares made quick work of Mike Pierce, slapping on a vicious heel hook only seconds into the fight. However, even after the former NCAA Division I wrestler had tapped out, and referee Keith Peterson intervened, the leg-lock specialist refused to immediately relinquish the hold.
Not only is Palhares now a free agent as a result of his actions, he’s also been suspended by the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) for 120 days.
Some will argue Palhares is a dirty fighter with a laundry list of infractions and downright bizarre behaviour. Others will defend the fighter, stating that he simply comes from a traditional Brazilian jiu jitsu culture.