Rousimar Palhares’ Manager Says WSOF Matchmaker’s Warning Was Not Directed at His Client
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.30.2014
Alex Davis “knows” he’s not talking about Palhares…
According to the manager of WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares, Alex Davis, a recent warning made by WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz to fighters on MMAFighting.com was not directed at Palhares. WSOF recently had to cancel a planned title bout with Palhares against Jon Fitch for July 5 at WSOF 11, leading people to believe Abdel-Aziz's warning to fighters was a result of that.
Abdel-Aziz stated, "We're getting screwed. I'm trying to put on a fight card and be nice to fighters, and now they don't want to fight each other. I have to put WSOF first and everyone else second. No more Mr. Nice Guy."
Davis in response said that the WSOF matchmaker was not referring to Palhares with the warning, saying: "Fortunately, I know Ali isn't talking about Rousimar. There was no withdrawal from this fight. I told WSOF about the problem weeks ago. Rousimar really wanted to fight and is very grateful for WSOF letting him fight for the title. He plans on staying in the organization and continuing to fight. However, his mom, who's a rural worker in Brazil, she has extreme thrombosis in her legs. She's going to have to undergo a delicate operation in the next few weeks now. Hopefully everything is going to turn out right, but there's always a chance of something going wrong. We thought it would be irresponsible to WSOF to take a fight knowing there was going to be an operation and that his mom would have to go through recovery after a very delicate operation that can easily turn into more serious problems."
Davis added that bout agreements were never signed for the fight with Fitch, and Palhares informed Davis that he would be unable to fight on the July 5 card in order to care for his ailing mother. He continued: "I'm sure Ali is not talking about Rousimar because we informed Ali and Ray Sefo about all of this as soon as we knew about the necessity of Rousimar's mother having the operation and how serious it was. I think Rousimar is really excited to fight. he wanted to fight, and he'll fight anyone that WSOF puts in front of him. Right now, his mother comes first, but as soon as she's out of the woods, he wants to be back as soon as possible. Rousimar knew how important this fight was, but it would have been irresponsible for all of us to take this fight. As soon as the operation is over and we know his mother is OK, he'll be ready to fight. We hope she'll have the operation by May 15. If all goes well, recovery should last about 20 days. That would leave him ready to fight in August or September. At that point, Rousimar is happy to get in there against anyone WSOF puts in front of him."