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    Default Palhares retracts greasing allegations

    Source: Fighters Only

    Paul Harris, distant cousin of the best bassist ever - Steve Harris of Iron Maiden fame, was quick to accuse Nate Marquardt of greasing when he slipped out of a leglock attempt in last nights UFC Fight Night 22 headliner, but then was equally quick to retract that accusation once the heat of battle had died down.

    "I'm very sorry for the accusations I made. Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I'm very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight. I congratulate Nate on his win," Paul Harris said. "I learned another lesson for my career in the fight, and I apologize to Nate, his team and the UFC for any issues I contributed to,” he told MMA Junkie.

    "Nate is not a dirty fighter, and I was wrong to accuse him of cheating in any way."

    Paul Harris lay back for a heel hook effort a couple of minutes into the first round, which Marquardt simply slid his leg out of. Paul Harris sat up and looked at the referee, pointing at Marquardt’s leg - but Marquardt was already on his way back in with a fight-finishing barrage that TKO’d the Brazilian.

    After the fight was waved off and Marquardt came to shake hands with Paul Harris, the Brazilian reached down to touch Marquardt’s leg and said something, obviously suggesting the Team Jackson fighter was greased.

    His trainer Murilo Bustamante, head of Brazilian Top Team, said the stoppage was Paul Harris’ fault because “he should have never stopped. Nate won fair and square and did exactly what he should have. Paul Harris knows it's imperative to protect yourself at all times, and he failed to do that."

    Marquardt was inspected by Indiana State Athletic Commission officials after the fight and no evidence of greasing was found.
    There goes that! War Nate the GREAT!!!

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    Glad I read the actual article. I thought at first this was kind of a joke but thanks for posting it! I hope that this doesn't get too big, it was on Sports Center this morning and they showed very little and never explained the greasing accusation and just cut away after Palharas got pummelled and before the ref stepped in.
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    classic - "this is the dumbest thing Ive ever heard. thats like me having a picture of Hitler posted, and saying "I dont believe in his politics, but I like to hear him talk" W.Silva>C.Norris

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  3. Default Palhares apologizes for false accusations; team congratulates Marquardt on win

    Palhares apologizes for false accusations; team congratulates Marquardt on win | MMAjunkie.com

    AUSTIN, Texas – UFC middleweight contender Rousimar Palhares (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has a simple explanation for his actions in the main event of Wednesday night's UFC Fight Night 22 card.

    He was wrong.

    "I'm very sorry for the accusations I made," Palhares told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com). "Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I'm very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight."

    Palhares, a submission whiz, has made a career of catching opponents in painful leg locks. But when he tried to secure such a hold on Marquardt, the Colorado resident yanked his limb free almost immediately.

    Palhares instantly claimed something was wrong and tried to alert referee Herb Dean to a potential case of greasing, but Marquardt took advantage of his foe's lapse in concentration and pounced with a series of strikes that forced the official to halt the bout just 3 minutes and 28 seconds into the first round.

    Palhares' head trainer at Brazilian Top Team, MMA legend Murilo Bustamante, said even if "Toquinho" had been right about the potential greasing, he should have waited until the end of the round to address it.

    "He should have never stopped," Bustamante said. "Nate won fair and square and did exactly what he should have. Rousimar knows it's imperative to protect yourself at all times, and he failed to do that."

    Palhares' longtime manager, Alex Davis, said that greasing has proved an issue in previous bouts for the middleweight, and in one of the most important fights of his career, the 30-year-old just froze.

    "Rousimar has had to deal with opponents greasing before," Davis said. "I truly believe it's turned into a paranoia for him. When Nate's leg slipped out so quickly, Rousimar froze. You could tell he was just thinking, 'Here we go again.'

    "But I looked at Nate's legs myself. The commission checked them out, too. There was certainly no grease there. It was our error, and we owe Nate an apology, as well as Greg Jackson and the rest of his coaches and team."

    Palhares was understandably disappointed by the result of the fight, and he'll unquestionably be haunted for some time by the split-second decision to look away from his opponent that ultimately led to the end of the fight.

    But after dealing with his own challenges of being labeled as a "dirty fighter" following his March win over Tomasz Drwal, Palhares wants to make certain Marquardt's name is never brought up in such discussions.

    "I congratulate Nate on his win," Palhares said. "I learned another lesson for my career in the fight, and I apologize to Nate, his team and the UFC for any issues I contributed to.

    "Nate is not a dirty fighter, and I was wrong to accuse him of cheating in any way."
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    I think I just posted the same article, the Paul Harris thing threw me wayyyyyy off.
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    Who's this Paul Harris fellow and where can i see more of his fights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    I think I just posted the same article, the Paul Harris thing threw me wayyyyyy off.
    you did

    I refuse to call him Hose-e-mar Pal-ya-rays if no one else will!

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    What a strange fight.

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    They need to ban sweat now! warming up before a fight is grossly unfair.

    Nice to see Palhares and his team man up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qball1974 View Post
    They need to ban sweat now! warming up before a fight is grossly unfair.
    This is a joke right?

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    that fight left me very dissatisfied yeah palhares lost and nate got the W but what did we learn about the fighters from this fight, not much if you ask me, everybody says nate was right to pounce on palhares but as a fan i would have appreciated it if nate let palhares finsh what ever he was trying to articulate to the ref and then continue fighting, im not saying thats what he should of done im just saying as a fan i would have liked him to do so if possible so that we could have a more meaningful climax to the fight, on the same note palhares should have gotten to his feet and waited till the ref was inbetween or close side to them to make his acqusation he left themself wideopen. hairless limbs and sweaty skin makes a person slippery who knew?

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