Rousimar Palhares' Manager Says He Doesn't Hold Onto A Submission Hold Out Of Malice
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.10.2013
His loss of a bonus was punishment enough...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Rousimar Palhares' (15-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) manager Alex Davis says that the fighter does not keep submission holds on fighters after winning out of an intention to hurt them. Palhares fought Mike Pierce (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 29 last night in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. After getting a submission with the heel hook, Palhares wouldn't immediately let go of the hold even with Pierce tapping out and referee Keith Peterson attempting to force him to remove the hold. UFC officials said it was "unsportsmanlike conduct" and didn't give him the $50,000 "Submission of the Night" award, even though he got the only submission win that night.
Davis on if Palhares meant to hurt anyone: "We have talked about it at length. The one thing I can certify is that Rousimar does not hold on to a sub out of malice. It's unconscious, a mix of adrenaline and years of being conditioned to not let go."
On why he keeps holds locked in: "I can attest to the fact that Rousimar is a very simple, humble and well-meaning person. 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."
On if Palhares should be punished more: "It might be hard for people to understand that don't know Rousimar personally, but I'm telling you, he holds on out of instinct. He only realizes it afterward. But I think that the UFC has already deprived him of an obvious $50,000 bonus for 'Submission of the Night.' That should be enough, I think."