For those who elected to follow (World Series of Fighting) WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields over UFC 190 on Saturday night, it seemed anarchy ensued with a handful of controversy on hand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 190, which took place in Rio, Brazil was topped off by another emphatic Ronda Rousey performance, as the champion dispatched Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds.
However the MMA performer of the night may have been Rousimar Palhares had he not; again and blatantly, held onto a submission for too long.
The finish came in the third round of the WSOF Welterweight championship bout, when Palhares showcased his slick jiu-jitsu to roll from bottom position to sink in a kimura on Jake Shields.
Despite the tap from Shields, the Brazilian held onto the lock for a few unnecessary seconds, which prompted Shields to throw a punch at Palhares.
Time and time again in the 35-year-old’s career, he has been accused of holding onto submissions longer than he should; one of which led to his release from the UFC.
With his continual refusal to comply in WSOF, it is time that either World Series of Fighting management or the Nevada Sate Athletic Commission step in.
With Shields also claiming that Palhares had repeatedly gauged his eyes; eight times to be exact, expect both men to be hit with some sort of suspension from the NSAC for their conduct.
Shields told MMA Junkie: “He gouged my eyes eight times,” Shields fumed. “He kept putting his fingers in my eyes. He is a dirty, dirty fighter.
“It was a joke. The ref should have DQ’d him.”
If that wasn’t enough excitement, the ever problematic Diaz brothers were also involved in an altercation with UFC lightweight title prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov, which include a stand-off in the arena, and a brawl in the hotel following the event.
Similar to Palhares, this isn’t the first time the Diaz bros have been involved in a bust-up. Nick and Nate got into it with Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller at Strikeforce Nashville in 2010. The stand-off broke out after Miller interrupted the Diaz’ team mate Jake Shields post victory over Dan Henderson to retain the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
With Nurmagomedov expected to return during the final quarter of 2015, a fight against Nate Diaz would definitely be an intriguing match-up for UFC fans.
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