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Palhares suspended for 2 years and fined, Paige VanZant vs Rose Ramajunas booked for UFC Fight Night 80

Ratish Menon
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1.09K   //    30 Oct 2015, 15:31 IST
Dark days are here

- Former UFC welterweight and WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares, who is serving a 90-days suspension following his last fight against Jake Shields, has been suspended for 2 years and fined $40,000 after a disciplinary hearing from the Nevada State Athletic Commission(NASC).

Palhares wasn’t in attendance at the hearing, as he has been in Brazil, waiting for the dust to settle down on the latest controversy surrounding him. However, things have gotten worse since the Brazilian last caught the storm of the media’s wrath, as he refused to let go off the submission hold on Shields in their match, even after Jake had tapped out.

The match was controversial to say the least, with Shields complaining about eye-gouging by Palhares throughout the fight. Following Mazzagatti jumping in and separating the two after the fight, Jake proceeded to throw a punch at Palhares.

The World Series of Fighting will be worried as Palhares is still in possession of the title belt. Shields got away with being sentenced 50 hours of community service, for his part in the whole incident.

- The UFC Fight Night 80 MMA event, set for Dec. 10, 2015 was originally set to have strawweight sensation Paige VanZant taking on Joanne Calderwood. However, there has been a change and UFC has announced that Paige will be taking on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 finalist Rose Namajunas, after Calderwood was forced out of the card due to undisclosed reasons.

Both VanZant and Ramajunas are coming off victories in their last fight, against Alex Chambers and Angela Hill respectively. The co-main event on the card is set to be a scrap between veteran Jim Miller and TUF 15 champion Mike Chiesa.

Also fighting on the card is 19-year old sensation ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt, who is set to take on Cody Pfister. 

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