Rousimar Palhares' dirty deeds inside the Octagon make him 'Villain of the year'
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Not again. That’s what the fight world collectively thought in the seconds after Rousimar Palhares seemed to torque Mike Pierce’s knee one last time, even after the American feverishly tapped out to end their UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields match in October.
Not again. But replays quickly showed that yes, Palhares had indeed committed the same crime he’d inflicted on another opponent in his earlier UFC days. For the first incident, he was suspended 90 days. But for the second, he got the boot. He was fired from the promotion.
"He could have let it go long before he did," Pierce told FOX Sports. "I felt it pop after the ref was already on top of us and I was tapping. It was long after the fact. I think it was pretty obvious he held on too long. What he did was totally unnecessary."
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I felt it pop after the ref was already on top of us and I was tapping. It was long after the fact. I think it was pretty obvious he held on too long.
- Mike Pierce on Palhares' dirty work
Palhares’ team tried to reason out his behavior — saying he does it ‘subconsciously’ — and Palhares himself apologized, but it was simply too much. He had, after all, become a serial offender. He’d done it in the UFC against Tomasz Drwal. He’d done it in competition jiu-jitsu, against David Avellan. He’d done it in his prior MMA career, against Helio Dipp.
In the most recent case against Pierce, his transgression had led to injuries; Pierce tore his left ankle tendon and suffered a severely sprained MCL in his left knee.
People close to Palhares say that away from the cage, he’s a gentle and sweet soul, but inside the arena of competition, he’s a serial rule breaker, and for that, the worst villain of 2013.
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