Rousimar Palhares has found a new MMA home, and it's with the World Series of Fighting.
Following a dismissal from the UFC for unsportsmanlike conduct, Palhares has signed with WSOF, MMAWeekly.com confirmed with company president Ray Sefo on Monday. USA Today / MMAJunkie.com first reported news of the signing.
Palhares (15-5) exited the UFC after the company decided to terminate his contract for “repeated incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct violating the UFC Fighter Code of Conduct.” The latest incident was Palhares' lengthy hold of a heel-hook submission on Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29, which prompted UFC President Dana White to ban the fighter from competing in his company.
“This is the second incident we had with Palhares,” White told ESPN in October. “I'm going to cut him … He's done.”
Done in the UFC, yes, but not in competition. Following his UFC release, Palhares was scheduled to compete in a no-gi jiu-jitsu match with Dean Lister at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, but had to back out of the contest due to injury. The fighter will once again get a chance to compete in MMA, this time with WSOF.
Palhares' first WSOF match-up and opponent are yet to be determined, Sefo said. The fighter's debut will likely happen in March 2014, according to the MMAJunkie.com report.
MMAWeekly.com will have updates on Palhares' first WSOF match as more information becomes available.
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