Palhares fined $40k, suspended 2 years for holding kimura lock too long at WSOF 22

Rousimar Palhares
Rousimar Palhares

hayabusa-gi-graciemagshopRousimar Palhares was fined in $40,000 and suspended for 2 years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The decision was announced this Thursday, after a hearing in Las Vegas.

The Brazilian fighter received the sanctions for his actions at WSOF 22,on Aug.1, when he took too long to release a kimura lock after the tap at the end of his main event fight against Jake Shields.

For the same reason, Palhares lost his welterweight belt and was suspended by the event indefinitely.

Today’s hearing was preliminary.

Palhares gave her testimony via Skype and said that he did not see the referee Steve Mazagatti stopping the fight as he had his back turned to the ref.

He also said he thought Shields was kneeing him in the back instead of tapping.

Watch the moment of the kimura again.



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