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NSAC temporarily suspend Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields

Both Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields have been suspended by the NSAC for unsportsmanlike conduct during their WSOF 22 title fight on August 1st.

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

The Nevada State Athletic Commission have wasted no time in reviewing the World Series of Fighting 22 welterweight title fight between Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields. Palhares defended his WSOF title for the second time when he submitted Jake Shields with a kimura in the third round, however, the Brazilian was stripped of the belt shortly after due to his unsportsmanlike conduct in the bout.

'Toquinho' repeatedly gouged Shields' eyes and held onto the kimura after his opponent had tapped multiple times, prompting Shields to strike Rousimar after the bell. The NSAC have decided to temporarily suspend both fighters for their actions on August 1st, and they will face a disciplinary hearing on September 13th.

Several MMA fighters took to Twitter shortly after the bout to rally for a lifetime ban of Rousimar Palhares but there was no backlash over Shields' punch after the bell. While the NSAC have decided to suspend both fighters, WSOF have not decided to take action against Jake Shields.

Heel hook specialist Palhares was released from the UFC in 2013 after holding onto a submission on Mike Pierce long after the referee had intervened at UFC Fight Night 29. While many have ridiculed the Brazilian for his violent behaviour, Palhares feels he's done nothing wrong and is upset with the criticism.

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