WSOF was left with no choice but to suspend Rousimar Palhares indefinitely and strip him of his welterwight title after yet another infraction. He held on to his kimura finish of Jake Shields this past weekend for a little longer than he should have after the ref informed him that Shields tapped. He was also accused of eye gouging, but it was the hold that got him in hot water.
Palhares was released from the UFC for not releasing holds when instructed to. That took place back in 2013. World Series of Fighting vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told Yahoo Sports the following.
I don’t think [Palhares] is a bad guy, but I just think he has mental problems and shouldn’t be allowed to fight until he fixes them
He also said he had advised Team Palhares to send the fighter to a sports psychologist and commented further on his behavior.
We have had enough of it. He’s a nice guy but he doesn’t know when to turn it off and control himself. Those submission moves are dangerous and he can really hurt somebody or end their career. His team knows he needed help, and I have yet to see any improvement in him.
Jake Shields may be in hot water, too. Shields might face disciplinary action for throwing a punch at Palhares after the fight. Shields complained Palhares eye-gouged him the entire fight, but Abdel-Aziz said that he saw the eye-gouges, but the rules were still broken.
Palhares is stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely.