Breaking News: Rousimar Palhares banned from the UFC

Rousimar Palhares
Less than 24 hours after his controversial 31-second submission victory over Mike Pierce, Palhares has been released from the UFC.
UFC President Dana White delivered the news to ESPN's Jeremy Shaap on Thursday night's edition of Olbermann.
White added that not only was Palhares cut, he also won't ever be allowed to fight in the UFC again.
Making his welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night 29, Palhares submitted Pierce via his trademark heel hook early in the first round. However Palhares refused to relinquish the submission for several seconds following the tap, despite Pierce's cries of pain and the insistence of referee Keith Peterson.
Palhares' finish wound up as the only submission on the card, yet he failed to receive a "Submission of the Night" bonus due to what UFC officials perceived to be "unsportsmanlike conduct." White subsequently promised further consequences would be coming.
Palhares received a 90-day suspension for a similar incident in 2010 when he refused to relinquish a heel hook well after his opponent, Tomasz Drwal, submitted. Palhares has displayed similar tendencies in the past at grappling tournaments, and in addition, tested positive for elevated testosterone following a late-2012 loss to Hector Lombard.
Palhares exits the UFC with an 8-4 record. Six of those victories came via leglock.

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