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  • 10-22-2013, 01:19 AM
    ...I retract everything I've said to defend him.
  • 10-21-2013, 10:28 PM
    'Sad' Rousimar Palhares finally admits holding heel hook 'too long' in submission win over Mike Pierce
    Nevertheless, Palhares offered up his apologies and reiterated that he never meant to hurt Pierce during his recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"

    "No, I did not want to hurt him. In the heat of the fight I did not feel him tap. Afterwards, when I watched the fight I realized that I held on too long, but I really did not mean to hurt him. He is a fighter like I am and I know he does this for a living and I would never want to hurt him."

    When asked about his past track record of holding submission too long, "Toquinho" says it's his aggressive style that's to blame but that he never has ill will in his heart, he just wants to make sure he gets the win.

    He explains:

    "I think it has a lot to do with my style, I am really aggressive when I go after submissions. There has been times where I do not hold on and people get out and then I lose the fight, I am the way I fight. I'm getting better and been working a lot on this, but, this is my style."
  • 10-20-2013, 10:44 AM
    It sucks because had it been strikes he would probably have a shot at coming back to the UFC, but having a reputation for holding on to one of the most dangerous subs in MMA for too long is pretty much a career killer. It's a shame because he could have been a great challenge for GSP. I can't really blame fighters who say they would never fight him, that's pretty scary to think about what he could do to your knee if he catches you. It's a damn shame, he could have been a hell of a contender. I think he'll be the new OneFC or WSOF champ by next year if they take him.
  • 10-19-2013, 08:55 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Mike Pierce adds torn ankle ligament to injuries suffered in Palhares fight
    Well there goes the excuse that Mike walked away and wasn't injured.
  • 10-18-2013, 09:43 AM
    Mike Pierce adds torn ankle ligament to injuries suffered in Palhares fight
  • 10-17-2013, 10:38 AM
    I don't doubt any of what Nog is saying.

    I've known guys who were absolutely the nicest dudes on the planet during practice and on the street and then, during games, they'd twist fingers, poke eyes, undercut, elbow, etc. and not even bat an eye.

    This was not an isolated incident. Palhares has a problem. He admitted such by visiting a sports psychologist.

    I hope he figures out whatever it is in him that snaps when he's competing and is able to salvage a career because he is a gifted submission artist who came from what I understand to be an absolutely horrible upbringing.
  • 10-17-2013, 09:57 AM
    ‘Minotauro’ on Palhares: ‘He has never thought of doing anything evil to any opponent’

    "I can say that in our gym, ‘Toquinho’ has never hurt anyone," Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, the leader of Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, stated in a release sent to "He is a good person, excellent company and a man with a great character. I believe that he has never thought of doing anything evil to any opponent because this isn’t his conduct.

    "I don’t question UFC’s decision because the people who are in control have a global view of the business and they understand it better than anyone in the whole business that involves our sport."

    UFC president Dana White said that what Palhares’ did "was wrong and really despicable", and that’s why he decided to release him. The Brazilian, who was already suspended in the past for holding a submission too long, was suspended for 120 days by the Brazilian Athletic Comission (CABMMA) following his 31-second win at UFN 29.

    "Minotauro", a jiu-jitsu expect with 21 submission victories, has never finished a fight with ankle locks or heel hooks, but he says the fighter needs to be "explosive" to get the win with attacks like these.

    "It’s a dangerous position and the guy who applies it has to be explosive," he said. "At the time, you don’t look at the opponent. ‘Toquinho’ lost the position several times because he released the grip a little. It’s a position that you go with everything or you lose it. It’s a complicated situation. The referee needs to be aware and has to intervene in an energetic way."

    Rogerio "Minotouro" Nogueira, "Minotauro’s" twin brother, defended his teammate as well.

    "I've known Rousimar for years," "Minotouro" said. "As an athlete he’s a phenom, and as a person he’s loved by everyone, especially for his simplicity. Anyone who knows the history of his life will be enchanted with his modesty and dedication to the sport. ‘Toquinho’ was always the first to arrive and the last to leave the gym, always a great help to our athletes, and we’re sure he will continue to do so because Team Nogueira will always be by his side."
  • 10-16-2013, 04:46 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Not surprised. Now he has a stigma that's way more popular now. Rather be safe than sorry.
  • 10-15-2013, 10:24 PM
    Someone's knee thanks him.

    I could see a full meltdown given the recent chain of events. (His doing, of course)
  • 10-15-2013, 10:14 PM
    Rousimar Palhares out of ADCC 2013
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