Nobody's getting off easy in this one.
Initially suspended in the wake of WSOF 22: "Palhares vs. Shields" for their mutual misconduct during and after their fight back on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas (more on that here), former welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares and his most recent opponent, Jake Shields, got more bad news.
At the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hearing earlier today (Thurs., Aug. 13, 2015), the commission affirmed temporary suspensions handed down after their fight, confirming that both suspensions would be extended until next month's meeting (Sept. 13).
Shields insists he was the victim of consistent eye gouging in the second round of his main event title fight against the Brazilian, but may be far from innocent either, given he took a post-fight swing at Palhares after referee Steve Mazzagatti (eventually) stopped the fight.
Despite his role in the shady main event, Mazz will not be subject to disciplinary action (details).
Nevada's deputy attorney general Christopher Eccles indicated during the hearing that he's awaiting the drug test results to come back from the WSOF 22 event before taking further action against either man. If one of them tests positive, he can proceed without having to go back an amend an earlier complaint.
Now we play the waiting game.
The NSAC hearing also included a suspension handed down to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Caio Magalhaes for unbecoming conduct when he spit blood on his opponent Josh Samman -- as well as referee John McCarthy -- at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 Finale.
A banner day for MMA fighters, and we haven't even gotten to Anderson Silva.