Rousimar Palhares may be stripped of the World Series of Fighting welterweight title, following his latest controversial submission.
Palhares defeated former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields by kimura in the third round of their WSOF 22 main event Saturday night. As Palhares has been accused of doing numerous times before, he held the submission after his opponent had already tapped out. Replays indicate that he cranked even further after Shields tapped.
WSOF vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz was understandably displeased, he told MMAFighting.com.
“You have to understand, I’m the guy who f—–g stood up for him,” Abdel-Aziz said. “I don’t know if you remember or not, but I’m the guy who said, ‘you know what, I’m going to sign him.’ If I go back on tape and watch that f—–g fight tomorrow, and if I see Palhares held too long, and did the eye poking a couple times, he might be stripped of the title. And Jake Shields would fight the winner between [Yushin] Okami and [Jon] Fitch for the title, and I would suspend [Palhares].”
As Abdel-Aziz mentioned, Palhares was also accused of gouging his thumbs into the challenger’s eyes. Shields said he complained about it several times during the bout, but referee Steve Mazzagatti only warned Palhares and never deducted a point.
Palhares had previously been let go by the UFC for reasons related to his unnecessarily extended submissions.
Seeing he’s done it before and possibly did it again, WSOF’s VP thinks the fighter’s issues stem from beyond the cage.
“I like Palhares, I think he’s a nice guy, but I think he has problems,” Abdel-Aziz said. “I think he has problems, and we had an amazing event, and he didn’t have to hold (the submission late). He didn’t have to hold at all because he won, he tapped him. Let him go. Let the guy go.”