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Several MMA fighters rally for lifetime ban of Rousimar Palhares

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MMA fighters take to Twitter to call for a lifetime ban of Rousimar Palhares following his controversial submission victory over Jake Shields at WSOF 22.

Several MMA fighters were quick to show their disgust at Rousimar Palhares after the World Series of Fighting 22 event on August 1st. 'Toquinho', released from the UFC in 2013 after holding onto a heel hook on Mike Pierce after the referee had intervened, was involved in more foul play in his welterweight title fight with Jake Shields.

The Brazilian repeatedly gouged Shields' eyes and held onto a kimura after the referee had stepped in. The former UFC competitor also applied extra torque to the submission while Shields was tapping out in desperation.

Joe Lauzon ridiculed Palhares in a recent video log and other fighters voiced their disapproval on Twitter. Many are calling for the heel hook specialist to be banned from MMA.

WSOF vice president Abdel-Aziz will be reviewing Palhares' actions to decide whether the champion should be stripped of the welterweight title. The 35-year-old earned his third title defense with a win over Jake Shields, but given his repeated unsportsmanlike conduct, Palhares could serve a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission. According to Aziz, the NAC has withheld Rousimar's win bonus for the time being.

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