Palhares suspended by Brazilian AC

Sometimes when it rains, it pours.

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


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.