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Palhares and Manager Defend Fighter’s Actions

Kelsey Mowatt

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Rousimar Palhares may not be everyone’s favorite fighter today, after his controversial submission win over Mike Pierce at UFC FN 29 last night, and as a result, the vet is trying to defend his actions. The comments come not long after the UFC ruled not to hand Palhares “Submission of the Night” because of “unsportsmanlike conduct”. In addition, Dana White says he intends to punish the welterweight further, for not immediately letting go of the fight ending heel hook.

Speaking via Twitter, Palhares had this to say about the controversial ending to the bout, which lasted just 31 seconds.

In a follow up interview with MMA, the veteran’s manager Alex Davis had this to say about Palhares, who has been accused of holding onto submissions for too long in the past (he was suspended in 2010 for 90 days, after Palhares didn’t immediately release a heel hook he used to tap-out Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111).

“I can attest to the fact that Rousimar is a very simple, humble and well-meaning person,” Davis said. “This is not malice but instinct, nature of the beast.

“That said, we need to keep on working on it. Rousimar used to hurt people in training, but he has become very controlled now. Now we need to work on the fights, work on keeping him conscious rather than just automatic.”

So will any of this diminish the anger about what went down last night? Maybe. It probably won’t change the fact, however, that Palhares is going to be disciplined further.

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