No one can deny that Rousimar Palhares has dominated headlines since his controversial submission win over Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29, and due to the circumstances involved, much of it hasn’t been positive. Not only has the coverage focused on his unsportsmanlike and dangerous actions at UFN 29, but similar incidents from Palhares’ past as well.
Immediately following the October 9th card, manager Alex Davis was quick to defend his fighter, by saying that Palhares is not a “bad person” and that he “is not trying to hurt people.” Davis has also said that Palhares has worked on controlling himself in sparring so that he doesn’t injure training partners any more.
Now, in a follow up editorial Davis has authored for MMA Junkie.com, he argues that the media has gone too far in condemning Palhares. Here is some of what the renowned manager had to say:
I’m not defending Rousimar’s actions. He did wrong in holding Mike Pierce’s ankle that long. But this situation is being way over blown. Rousimar has already been punished. He was denied an obvious “Submission of the Night” bonus, and he was given a four-month suspension by the CABMMA. But this guy is being crucified in the court of public opinion and turned into something he is not: a mean, monstrous person who is out to hurt people. This is simply not the truth.
Next thing that will happen, is that Rousimar – through a simple, crazy media frenzy – will become such a monster that parents will tell their kids at home, “Behave, or Rousimar Palhares will come and get you.”
Come on! This has turned into one of the biggest bashing sessions in MMA history. People are gaining media at this guy’s expense; that’s whats happening.
Davis also relayed that apparently several promotions have already contacted him about signing Palhares, that the fighter will “have learned his lesson”, and that everyone at Team Nogueira “loves him.”
It is going to be interesting to see where he winds up and how he performs.
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