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Shields Sentenced for Punching Palhares After Bell

Former World Series of Fighting title contender Jake Shields was sentenced to community service for punching Rousimar Palhares after the bell in their title bout last month.

He’ll be required to complete 50 hours of community service within a six-month period before being allowed to fight in Nevada, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Shields, who was a former welterweight champion for Strikeforce in 2009-10, dropped the fight via third-round submission. Palhares—a fighter regularly scrutinized for holding onto submissions for too long—seemingly cranked a kimura on Shields after the tap. The controversial submission angered many, including Shields and WSOF vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz.

The promotion punished Palhares by issuing an indefinite suspension and stripping of his belt. Shields arguably punished him by punching him after the match was over.

“He’s famous for being a dirty fighter,” Shields said via MMA Fighting.

Palhares also gouged at Shields’ eyes during the bout. Despite being warned by referee Steve Mazzagatti of his non-allowed actions, Palhares claimed his innocence.

In spite of the eye gouging and the extended submission, Shields showed remorse for his actions.

“I know what I did was wrong,” Shields said.

Palhares, who was also scheduled to meet before the NSAC today, had his hearing postponed until October.

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