Rousimar PalharesUFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares has been suspended for 90 days by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board for failing to immediately release a first-round heel hook of Tomasz Drwal on the preliminary card of Saturday’s UFC 111.

Drwal attempted a kick early in the opening round of the matchup but slipped on a logo, allowing Palhares to secure the heel hook, which he was quickly forced to tap to only to have Palhares continue the hold until the referee separated the fighters.

“I didn’t feel that he was tapping. I felt like he was pushing my leg and I held on until the referee stopped the fight because I didn’t want to misunderstand,” Palhares said in a post-fight interview with “I didn’t want to hurt him. I was excited for the fight. I’m really sorry if I hurt him.”

While Drwal was suspected to have suffered a torn knee, an evaluation at the hospital revealed no serious injuries.

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