Nogueira Brothers Say Rousimar Palhares Has Never Hurt Anyone
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.17.2013
They defend their teammate...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira said that their Brazilian Top Team teammate Rousimar Palhares (15-5) has never hurt anyone and isn't a danger. This comes after Palhares former coach Murilo Bustamante said that Palhares had a history of hurting his sparring partners.
He said: "I got tired of seeing how he hurts people so often when he is sparring, especially when he has a fight coming up. We used to argue every time it happened, so we argued a lot."
Rodrigo Nogueira said in response: "He is a good person, excellent to be around and a man with great character. I believe that he has never thought of doing any harm or anything evil to any opponent because this just isn't his natural conduct."
The brothers and Palhares have spent several years on the team together, while Bustamante and the Nogueira brothers are in a disagreement over Palhares' actions at UFC Fight Night 29. Palhares was denied a performance bonus when he held Mike Pierce's (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) ankle too long in a submission hold on October 9, then UFC banned him for "unsportsmanlike conduct." The athletic commission then gave him a 120-day suspension. Pierce will find out soon if he needs surgery on what appears to be a severe sprain of his medial collateral ligament (MCL).
Palhares was removed from the 2013 Abu Dhabi submission wrestling championships and ignored by Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Nogueira defend the ankle lock and said the incident was due to the "dangerous position" needed for the submission hold.
He added: "The guy who applies it has to be explosive. When it happens, usually there is no time for you to look at your opponent. [Palhares] lost the position several times because he lessened it a little. It is a position that you go with everything, or you lose the adjustment. It is a complicated situation, [and the referee] needs to be in the right place, very close, to be able to intervene in an energetic way. I do not question the UFC decisions because the people who are in command there have a global view of the business, and they understand it better than anyone in the world the business side that involves our sport."