Palhares suspended by Brazilian AC

Rousimar Palhares
Rousimar Palhares celebrates after defeating Mike Pierce.
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Damon Martin

Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the sport since 2004. His work has been published in CNN, Bleacher Report, MMAWeekly.com, Yahoo! Sports, UFC.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He also co-hosts The Great Debate Radio MMA podcast, and has appeared on ESPN Radio and SportsNet Radio. Follow him on Twitter.


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Rousimar Palhares has been heavily scrutinized over the last 48 hours for his submission win over Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields when he held onto his heel hook finish after his opponent tapped out and the referee attempted to stop the fight.

This marks a pattern with Palhares, who was suspended previously for 90 days after an infraction of the same nature following his bout at UFC 111 where he ripped at opponent Tomasz Drawl's leg in a similar submission after the fight was stopped.

The UFC acted swiftly by releasing Palhares on Thursday while comparing the nature of his actions to those of former welterweight Paul Daley, who hit an opponent after the final bell and was released and banned from the UFC for life.

Now the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has also reacted to Palhares' decision to hold onto his submission past the moment when his opponent had already given up, and hit him with a 120-day suspension.

"After detailed analysis of the conduct of Rousimar Palhares in his bout, at the event UFC Fight Night held on October 9, 2013 at the city of Barueri, we communicate the suspension of the athlete for a period of 120-days, counted as from the end of the period of his medical suspension," the commission said via a statement released on Friday.

The 120-day suspension amounts to about four months total time, which will be tacked onto any medical suspension the fighter may receive after his bout. It all likelihood considering Palhares finished the fight in only 31-seconds, his medical suspension probably won't end up being any extended period of time.

With Palhares now a free agent after his UFC release, he is eligible to sign on with any other promoter, but other commissions across the United States, Canada and other parts of the world will recognized the suspension and not allow him to fight again for at least 120 days.

This will add yet another black mark on the fighter's record with a second suspension dropping down after repeated infractions of the same nature. Palhares has yet to make a statement about his UFC release or the suspension handed down from the Brazilian commission on Friday.

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