The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has spoken, as they have handed down temporary suspensions to both Rousimar Palhares, and Jake Shields per MMAFighting.com.
The two men met in the main event of World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 22 on August 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, and it was actually one of the most anticipated fights in the promotion’s young history, but it ended in whirlwind of controversy.
Palhares, who has been criticized before for being a dirty fighter, repeatedly eye gouged Shields throughout the fight, but that wasn’t all. The Brazilian submission artist locked in a fight ending kimura in the third-round, and once again held on to his submission too long after his opponent had clearly tapped.
Palhares was stripped of his WSOF welterweight title by the promotion, as well as suspended indefinitely by the promotion, and will now have a hearing in front of the commission sometime next month where he could be facing some serious punishments. However, somewhat ironically, there was no talk about the eye gouges at today’s NSAC hearing.
Shields on the other hand is facing punishments for unsportsmanlike conduct after he subsequently punched Palhares in the face after Palhares had finally let go of the shoulder crank. Shields will also go before the commission sometime next month at a hearing.
This isn’t the first time in Palhares’ career that he has been accused of holding on to a submission to long, and that was actually the reason for his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2013. And although nothing has ever come from it, Palhares’ submission wins in the WSOF have all been looked at closely by fans and the media as well.
Shields on the other hand has always been a classy fighter, and it seems as if he was just retaliating, making it interesting to see how the NSAC will handle the situation.
How should these fighters be punished?