Rousimar Palhares is an asshole. He has always been an asshole. He was fired from the UFC, in fact, for being an asshole. That he has still been able to find gainful employment as a fighter is a testament to the desperation of mid-tier MMA organizations needing to boost their cards with somewhat recognizable talent.
At WSOF 22 last weekend, Palhares once again proved that he is an asshole, repeatedly eye-gouging Jake Shields before, and you’re never going to believe this, holding onto the fight-ending kimura for long after the referee had intervened and even longer after his opponent had tapped. This led to a somewhat dramatic exchange at the end of the fight, in which Shields punched Palhares after the bell while his corner had to be restrained from gang-stomping Palhares a new asshole.
In fact, the only person who you could argue was a bigger asshole than Palhares that night was referee Steve Mazzagatti — although he fell more into the “incompetent asshole” sub-category of assholes to Palhares’ “vengeful asshole.” Not only did Mazzagatti fail to dock Palhares points for his repeated, blatant eye gouges, but he made nothing of the fact that a man with a history of holding submissions to long, well, held yet another submission too long.
Thankfully, it looks like the WSOF has finally had enough of Rousimar Palhares’ assholishness. Head after the jump for the details.
Despite claiming victory in what should have been his finest hour — submitting the previously unsubmittable Shields with a simply beautiful kimura — Palhares may have just fought his last fight in the WSOF. According to WSOF Vice President Ali Abdel-Aziz, an announcement on Palhares’ future with the organization will come tomorrow. Rumor has it that, however, that Palhares will be stripped of his title and likely receive a lengthy ban by NSAC, who has already withheld his win bonus.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops, but for now, let’s let Shields’ post-fight interview (and this image of his mutilated eyes) confirm once and for all that Rousimar Palhares IS AN ASSHOLE.
WSOF 22 Results
Rousimar Palhares (c) vs. Jake Shields: Palhares via sub (kimura) 2:02 R3.
Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Sheymon Moraes: Marlon Moraes via sub (RNC) 3:46 R3.
Clifford Starks vs. Mike Kyle: Starks UD 29-28 X2, 30-27.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Jorge Moreno: Nurmagomedov UD 30-26 X2, 30-27.
Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Islam Mamedov: Mamedov via TKO at 4:47 R1.
Jake Heun vs. Davin Clark: Heun via sub (head and arm choke) 2:46 R3.
Donavon Frelow vs. Carlos Garcia: Frelow via sub (guillotine) 2:49 R1.
Jimmy Jones vs. Marco Simmons: Simmons via sub (RNC) 2:23 R2.
Cory Hendricks vs. Julio Hinojosa: Hendricks via sub (guillotine) 1:08 R1.
Gil Guardado vs. Pete Martin: Guardado via sub (guillotine) 3:31 R1.