I know it's always a very difficult thing to do: to watch something and be 'unbiased' since, as everyone points out, he has a history. However, after repeated viewings, I believe Palhares did not hold on to the submission for as long as people say he has (sounds like he held on for an infinity) and I am convinced he let go of the submission as soon as he had visual on the ref. He still has work to do on that aspect of competition (be clear-minded enough to let go when the ref's signal comes).
Cutting him is a big, big blow. Other organizations will think twice before signing him.
People who say stupid s**t like 'send him back to working in the fields' - you have no idea what it means to work your ass off and transcend your humble social origins, especially in a country like Brazil where racism is based not so much on the color of your skin as much as your social status.
Dana's been doing this for more than a decade so he knows much more than I do - however, my opinion on the matter is that if Pierce has not been injured, then, before resorting to a life-altering punishment like the UFC has done, intensify the sports psychology therapy Palhares is undergoing a few notches further - but do let him return once further 'verification' to his condition have been made, if these turn out to be satisfactory.
Schaub's and Mir's extra punches to an unconscious Crocop when he lay there, clearly knocked the f**k out, were way more disgusting than Palhares' latest mistake imo.
Last edited by arkanoydz; 10-11-2013 at 10:18 AM.
Reason: spelling & punctuation