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Josh Burkman Defends Rousimar Palhares’ WSOF 9 Submission Victory
Posted by Larry Csonka on 04.01.2014



- Josh Burkman recently spoke about Rousimar Palhares' WSOF 9 victory over Steve Carl. Here is what he had to say…

On Watching The Fight From Cage Side: "I was sitting down by the cage with (WSOF matchmaker) Ali (Abdelaziz) and (WSOF President) Ray (Sefo). "You could see that Rousimar was starting to get something and starting to figure something out," Burkman remembers. Steve tried to roll out of the heel hook into the leglock into the inverted heel hook. I think what looked controversial was, first, it was on, and Steve verbally submitted first. The referee didn't hear it, either, I don't think. So Steve was like, ‘Ah, I'm done,' and he turned away from the referee when he did that. So I think everybody probably saw, ‘Oh, he got him, he's done.' And then Steve started to tap, and Rousimar knew that Steve was tapping, but the referee even told Rousimar before the fight, ‘Listen, I will stop this fight.' So the referee is standing straight up in the air when all this is happening, so even when Steve is tapping, Rousimar is not going to let go until the referee stops that. "It's the referee's job to break that up."

On Defending Palhares: "There's a lot of time in there where the heel hook is locked in, popping Steve's knee. But from the time that Steve first yells, to where he taps, to where the referee standing up and has to come down, that's a long time where we're yelling, ‘He's got it; he's got to let go.' But he doesn't have to let go, or he shouldn't let go, really, until the referee is down there. I think the one thing that could help is if a referee sees that then to really get in position to be ready as soon as he taps to break him off of there. I think with Palhares, he just got a bad rap because he has held them a little bit extra long, and he's done other things," Burkman said. "That's put him in a place where he's a little bit of a villain. But doing what he did with Steve Carl, and not continuing to have those problems, he can recreate himself with the World Series of Fighting. It can be a good thing for the WSOF. He's the champion now, and he can do things the right way."

Credit: MMAjunkie.com





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