Rousimar Palhares Says He's Still Hoping For a Title Shot Down the Line
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.10.2012
Despite a bumpy year...
Rousimar Palhares recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his rough year, his hopes for a title shot and more. Check out the highlights:
On wanting a title shot: "All that matters is to go after my dreams. I want to be a UFC champion and therefore I spend all my time working hard, looking to improve my game."
On his loss to Alan Belcher at UFC on FOX 3: "First of all, I have to say that Belcher did a good job in that fight. Coach Murilo Bustamante and I reviewed what went wrong. It was a technical error on the takedown position, and we've talked about it for future fights."
On having to pull out of a fight with Yushin Okami in August due to injury: "I really was excited for that event. Unfortunately, it was a ligament and the meniscus of my knee and I had to be cut off from the fights, as doctor Michael Simoni advised me."
On the time off to recover: "It was hard – really hard. I love what I do. I gave my life for this sport. So if it were for me, I wouldn't really need free time. My entertainment is to go to the gym and work out and train. When I can't do that, I get frustrated. So it was not only a body issue, it was also mental as I could not train, and that affected me. Still, my recovery was good. I did a lot of physical therapy. Each fight for me is the most important of my life, and the lessons I learned from my previous fights have taught me that for me to step in the octagon, I have to be fully prepared."
On facing Hector Lombard this weekend at UFC on F/X 6: "Everyone in the UFC is a danger. Despite being a really good judo fighter, I know he likes to clinch, as well, so I am prepared for all possibilities. Whichever way the fight will go, I'll be ready for it."
On prepping for the fight: "I want to win more than ever, so what I do is train even more. I worked a lot on my standing and on the ground. I improved my wrestling, muay Thai, boxing and jiu-jitsu. At the Brazilian Top Team we have a lot of talented athletes in all of these areas, so Milton Vieira, 'Toninho Furia' (Gleristone Santos), Pedro Nobre and others have helped me everyday. They teach me a lot under master Murilo Bustamante's lead."
On hoping to improve his standing with a win: "You can expect a guy who will always look for a submission or a knockout. I want to show the world all my potential that until today I have not quite yet shown. I pray to God and I truly believe that I'm going to show my best and everyone will say, 'this is the real Rousimar Palhares.' I do not want to prove anything to anyone, I just know who I am, and I will start to show this on Dec. 14. I have to thank everyone that has shown me support in these past seven months. I'm blessed to have great fans and friends. I'm really excited to be in Australia. It's such a great country with a beautiful culture. I can't wait to get in the octagon and represent Brazilian Top Team. I want to see all your positive messages on my Twitter at @ToquinhoMMA. Hit me up there!"