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Latest UFC Controversy for Rousimar Palhares Leads to Release

Rousimar Palhares

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The UFC was quick to hand down justice to veteran Rousimar Palhares after he ran afoul of the organization at Fight Night 29 in Brazil. President Dana White says that the veteran Brazilian has been released from the promotion after failing to let go of a heel hook against Mike Pierce after he had tapped. White broke the news while speaking to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap as part of the Olbermann show.

The controversy spoiled what was an impressive welterweight debut for Palhares and you knew sanctions were forthcoming when a Submission of the Night bonus wasn’t handed out because of what was deemed as unsportsmanlike conduct. Palhares was already skating on thin ice as he was just returning from a suspension after a loss to middleweight Hector Lombard his last time out. Palhares had tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone after that knockout loss.

What made matters even worse for “Toquinho” was that this was actually the second time in his UFC career that he had pulled a similiar stunt. He was previously suspended 90 days for his actions at UFC 111 when he failed to release a heel hook against Tomasz Drwal after Drwal had tapped out.

Palhares is one of the most dangerous submission specialists in the sport, but clearly his crossing the line again was setting him up for a major punishment. White noted that the UFC doesn’t tolerate such behaviour. He harkened back to a ban that the organization imposed on welterweight Paul Daley after he threw a sucker punch at Josh Koscheck after the final bell of their title eliminator fight at UFC 113. Daley has never been back in the Octagon since.

Clearly while a dangerous and brutal sport, there is a warrior’s code to be followed in the Octagon. Palhares has paid a price for failing to adhere to that code for a second time.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports