Palhares: Dana White, I am asking for your forgiveness


Rousimar Palhares released a video explaining the circumstances around the heel hook on Mile Pierce at UFN 29 that has apparently ended his career in the UFC.

"My goal has always been this - for to win as clean as possible in the fight, the fight for me is my life," said Palhares. "This kind of news makes us be a little thoughtful about how we must fight, because I've been through so many things. I came here in Rio de Jabeiro, fought, fought, and worked hard to get where I am, and how I was created, my mother and father, how they raised me, the kind of conduct which I was raised.

"About the fight, since he had already defended the leg lock, in a  position that I went, which is the heel hook, he defended well, his work was well done, so I had to be more precise in the next attack, and get into the position in a different way. When I entered the position he held in the cage trying not to fall, and then the referee went there to take off his hand.

"When the referee took his hand off, it was precisely the time that I was turning to pick up the foot and heel. When I finished spinning, the referee was able to take (Pierce's) hand off the fence and he fell. When he sat down, the referee had to go to the other side, and that transition took two seconds. It was the two seconds that caused the misunderstanding.  The referee stepped in front and he kept tapping out on the back of the referee, not on me."

"I only saw that on the tape, I did not see it at fight time. The only thing I saw was the referee coming down on me, understood?

"Even Mike Pierce if he is listening to this message, this conversation that I'm having here, I think he could tell if he really felt that I was being mean, cruel. I'm pretty sure he knows I did not do anything to hurt him. I just wanted to ensure my victory. Everyone who knows me knows that I would never do such a thing to harm any athlete, because I'm a guy who trains a lit, who battles of this. My life is just train, eat, and sleep. My life is dedicated to this purpose, to be considered one of the best here in Brazil, and possibly the world. This is what I've been trying to do, without going over anyone, without harming anyone, even by my own conduct, because who knows me knows that, I would never do any kind of unsportsmanlike attitude, to harm my opponent, my fellow worker.

"I did not feel the guy tapping out. If I had felt (the tap out) I would have released it. I certainly would not hurt him, because you only need to give the guy three taps out, and it does not require more than that.

"In the fight, I only wanted to win the fight, I do not want to kill my opponent, I just want to win. I will not stop running after my dream. I worked hard to get here and I will continue working, you know? I have faith in God that it will all become clear, and (what) I have inside my heart is clean. My mind is clear, I did not do anything to go against the sport.

"If my family became aware of such a thing, my mother will get so sad, because she did not raise me that way. She knows how she raised me and see that even her will get so sad.

"So, I'm really upset with this, with this situation.

"Dana White, if you think my attitude was not positive inside the Octagon, I ask you with an open-hearted man, that you forgive me, I'm sorry, okay? Because this was not my intention.

"But I respect the decision of the UFC and Dana White. So what you decide, for me, is decide it


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GiorNoGI site profile image  

10/14/13 1:16 AM by GiorNoGI

Palhares is so humble he even stopped punching Dan Miller before the ref telling him to.No one remembers that.

TOAO site profile image  

10/14/13 1:03 AM by TOAO

The ref looked like he was trying to hump pauls leg, should of got in his face like your suppose to.

big_josh site profile image  

10/14/13 12:10 AM by big_josh

Palhares says: "I just wanted to ensure my victory." Yeah well holding onto a submission too long is the exact same thing as continuing to punch a guy in the head when he is knocked out and the referee is trying to pull you off.

igotfrozordfortrainingtrane site profile image  

10/13/13 11:04 PM by igotfrozordfortrainingtrane

Even though many previous sparring partners have complained as well as a few opponents? What about being caught with PEDs? Dude there are so many other good fighters to look up too let karma take care of this guy. Don't feel bad for the deserving.

Alpha Chimp site profile image  

10/13/13 9:48 PM by Alpha Chimp

He held on to Thmasz Drwal too long

Alpha Chimp site profile image  

10/13/13 9:47 PM by Alpha Chimp

he held on to Tomasz Drwal far too long

n3g site profile image  

10/13/13 8:49 PM by n3g

All the guys saying "OMG Pierce tapped he should have let go" are just wrong here. This isn't a pajama rolling session at your local BJJ gym. It's a fight with money, pride and a career on the line. I don't give a flying F*** if you tap in a fight. You could be beating on my leg with both hands and screaming like a girl. The ref better get over there real fast and tell me the fights over, otherwise I'm gonna keep going and if your leg breaks it breaks.Palhares is trained like any real fighter should be. You keep going until the ref stops it. He let go about .5 seconds after the ref got involved. It was slightly late and Pierce was thankfully fine. They are railroading the most exciting and dangerous grappler in MMA and its bullshit.

dermotfix site profile image  

10/13/13 2:46 PM by dermotfix

Are we still crucifying guys for testing positive?  You do realize that the best in the sport test negative thanks to doctors, right?

Doback M3 site profile image  

10/13/13 2:34 PM by Doback M3

I hope Dana stands by his decision.    Hes only sorry because he is out of a job now, im sure he didnt give a shit as he was holding onto the submission for as long as he could, which he already has a reputation of doing.  He has no respect for his opponents and doesnt belong in the UFC or an legit MMA promotion.

Porkchop site profile image  

10/13/13 2:32 PM by Porkchop

Come to think of it, I think I saw Barack Obama slide into frame and help Palhares crank it even harder!And why is no one talking about the illuminati!?!?!Did you see how Pierce fell???? That was a precision demolition!! Theres no way he fell from Palhares!!! It was the government!!!!!RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!!!