Let me go on record as saying I disagree with Palhares’ lifetime ban from the Octagon. I also have a minor problem with the pink-slip he received. Though the decision to hold on to his submission of Mike Pierce was inexcusable, I’m a firm believer in progressive discipline and would have preferred to see a lengthy suspension/hefty fine than a full-on axing. Also, stating he’ll never have another chance to compete on the sport’s biggest stage is especially harsh when he undoubtedly learned his lesson from the enormous amount of negativity his performance produced. If Palhares ever repeats his actions against another adversary, it’s a different story, but otherwise the world’s top fighters need to be in the UFC and “Toquinho” is definitely part of that group.
Wednesday has rolled around again and, as expected, the 10-Point Must is back! Every week I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from the possibility of a bout between Nick Diaz-Michael Bisping to Georges St-Pierre contemplating retirement after his next fight to a quick glimpse at Saturday night’s lineup for UFC 166. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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