WSOF Strips Rousimar Palhares of Welterweight Title and Suspends Him Indefinitely

World Series of Fighting took swift action against Rousimar Palhares and stripped the Brazilian of the welterweight title.

WSOF president Ray Sefo made the announcement on Tuesday’s edition of The MMA Hour. The organization not only stripped Palhares of the belt, they suspended the 35-year-old indefinitely for repeatedly eye-gouging Jake Shields and holding onto a submission after Shields tapped out at WSOF 22 on August 1.

“Not only did he do it once or twice,” Sefo said about the eye-gouges. “He did it numerous times. And he was warned by the referee on four different occasions.”

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The Nevada State Athletic commission is reviewing the fight and has withheld Palhares’ win bonus. Shields could also face disciplinary action for punching Palhares following the fight for not letting go of the submission.

Palhares was released by the UFC in 2013 for holding onto a submission too long against Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29. He was suspended for doing the same thing to Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 in 2010.

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