Report: Manager Says Palhares “Very Sad” About UFC Dismissal, Will Continue Fighting
By FCF Staff
The UFC has made it clear that ignoring a referee’s attempts to halt a fight will not be tolerated, by announcing Thursday that Rousimar Palhares has been banned for his controversial submission at UFC FN 29. Now the fighter’s manager, Alex Davis, has released a statement relaying the reaction of Palhares and his plans for the future.
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, Davis said Palhares “was very sad to hear Dana’s decision. He is not a bad person or dirty fighter, and he is not trying to hurt people. Somehow, he just doesn’t hear or feel things at these moments. He worked very hard to get this far in his career, and he is not going to give up on it. He loves fighting. This is what he does. He apologizes to his fans, and will work hard to resolve these issues and fight in another event that would be interested in having him.”
Davis also added that he “understands Dana’s (White) perspective” and that he will continue to support Palhares in his fighting career.
The 33 year-old has been cut by the UFC, after he did not immediately release the heel hook he used to tap-out Mike Pierce Wednesday night. Palhares was suspended in 2010 for 90 days for doing the same thing versus Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111.