The UFC Releases A Statement Regarding Rousimar Palhares’ Release

The UFC made headlines in the wrong way on Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29 when welterweight Rousimar Palhares refused to break a leg lock he had in his bout with Mike Pierce.

Palhares had won the bout by submission 0:31 into the fight. The UFC didn’t give Palhares the submission of the night bonus due to his actions.

Everyone was wondering what actions the UFC was going to take on the Brazilian. The UFC took immediate action.

UFC President Dana White was doing an interview with Jeremy Schaap on ESPN and the topic of Palhares was brought up. White told Schaap that Palhares was released from the UFC and will never be allowed back due to his actions.

The UFC then released a statement on why Palhares was released from the organization:

As announced by UFC president Dana White, the UFC organization has elected to terminate its contract with Rousimar Palhares based on repeated incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct violating the UFC Fighter Code of Conduct and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.

At ‘UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields’ on Oct. 9, 2013, Palhares won his welterweight bout against Mike Pierce via heel hook submission in 31 seconds. Pierce appeared to tap several times physically and verbally and the ref intervened physically before Palhares let go. Despite being the only submission win on the card, Palhares was denied the Submission of the Night bonus. Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik announced at the post-fight press conference that the local commission would be investigating the length of time that Palhares held the submission.

The controversy is not Palhares’ first: In 2010, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended Palhares for 90 days following his heel hook win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 for not letting go after the referee stoppage.

In 2012, Palhares was again suspended for nine months after testing positive for elevated testosterone after UFC on FX 6.

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Dana White UFC Fight Night 29 Video Blog

The UFC returns to action tonight as UFC Fight Night 29 takes place from the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main event features a key welterweight between Demian Maia and Jake Shields. The co-main event will feature another welterweight bout as Dong Hyun Kim faces off with Erick Silva.

Before all fight cards UFC President Dana White releases a video blog to promote an upcoming card and a look back at previous events. The latest blog from White previews tonight’s card and takes a look back at UFC 164 at the end of August.

The card featured Anthony Pettis defeating Benson Henderson in the main event to capture the UFC lightweight title. The co-main event featured Josh Barnett beating Frank Mir.

The video blog takes a look at White getting a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle designed for him and takes a look back at the UFC 164 event.

You can watch the video above.

Here is the card for tonight’s UFC Fight Night 29.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
- Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields
- Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva
- Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva
- Joey Beltran vs. Fabio Maldonado
- Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Pierce
- Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
- Igor Araujo vs. Ildemar Alcantara
- Yan Cabral vs. David Mitchell
- Chris Cariaso vs. Iliarde Santos
- Alan Patrick vs. Garett Whiteley

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UFC Fight Night 29 Official For October in Brazil

It had been rumored that the UFC would be returning to Brazil in October and now the event is official. The UFC made official UFC Fight Night 29, which will take place on Wednesday, October 9 from the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The five round main event of the show will be former Strikeforce middleweight champion former UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields squaring off against former UFC middleweight title challenger Demian Maia in a key welterweight bout.

Shields hasn’t competed inside the octagon since June when he defeated Tyron Woodley at UFC 161 by split decision. The former Strikeforce star is 2-0-1 in his last three fights.

Maia hasn’t fought since February he defeated Jon Fitch at UFC 156 by unanimous decision. The Brazilian has won three straight since dropping down to 170 pounds.

You will be to see the preliminary portion of the card on Facebook and You Tube, with the main card airing on Fox Sports 1.

Here is the card so far for UFC Fight Night 29 with more fights to be announced:

Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields
• Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva
• Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens
• Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva
• Joey Beltran vs. Fabio Maldonado
• Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
• Rodrigo Damm vs. Hacran Dias
• Chris Cariaso vs. Iliarde Santos

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