Middleweight fighter Rousimar Palhares has been hit with a 90 day suspension after being slow to let go of a fight-ending submission on Tomasz Drwal in their UFC 111 preliminary bout last night.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt locked in a heel-hook submission less than a minute into the fight, but when Drwal repeatedly tapped out to the damaging hold Palhares didn’t let go, and was even slow to release his grip when the referee stepped in to halt the bout.
After the bout Drwal was clearly in some distress as he cried out in pain, while Palhares was awarded the victory.
In the aftermath of the fight Palhares learned that his unnecessary actions were to be punished by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission with a 90 day suspension, prompting an apology from the Brazilian.
“I didn’t feel that he was tapping,” Palhares told UFC.com. “I felt that he was pushing my leg. And I held on until the referee stopped the fight because I didn’t want to misunderstand. I didn’t want to hurt him. I was very excited about the fight. I’m really sorry if I hurt him.”
Despite his apology it’s hard to have any sympathy with Palhares who may have caused significant damage to Drwal due to his actions. Personally I believe some kind of fine should also be imposed for this kind of incident.