COMMENTARY | The UFC made the right decision by cutting Rousimar Palhares after he was slow to release a heel hook on his UFC Fight Night 29 opponent, Mike Pierce. In the aftermath of the release, there's one question left to be answered: Why did it take this long?
There were numerous examples of Palhares' unacceptable behavior prior to UFC Fight Night 29, including a failed drug test and a reputation for holding submissions too long. That alone would have warranted a release. A two fight losing streak in 2012 was the perfect time for the UFC to part ways with the troubled fighter.
Palhares was a liability in the Octagon, and never had the potential to be a strong draw. The UFC has released multiple fighters because they were high skill level, low revenue gatekeepers. Even if he did go on a major winning streak, he'd have been a non ideal title contender because his fighting style and personality were never a draw to casual fans.
The relationship between Palhares and the UFC was never going to end well. He was either going to become a gatekeeper who beat potential contenders, or he was going to lose two or three straight and get dropped by the promotion. Instead, he sealed his own fate with his disgraceful behavior at UFC Fight Night 29.
The UFC should have had the foresight to release him before it came to that. Why did it take this long?
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