Big Nog: Palhares is a man of great character


Rousimar Palhares infamously held a heel hook vs. Mike Pierce at UFN 29 last week, and was released by the UFC, apparently for life.

Palhares has a history of holding heel hooks too long in both MMA, and in grappling, and his former coach, BTT co-founder Murilo Bustamante said there was the same problem in the gym.

"I got tired of seeing how he hurts people so often when he is sparring, especially when he has a fight coming up," said Bustamante. "We used to argue every time it happened, so we argued a lot. That was a reason - together with his nonsense excuses every time he lost a fight - that our relationship started to get bitter."

Palhares' manager Alex Davis took issue with Bustamante's criticism.

"I do know why Rousimar left that team, and let me make it clear that it was not Murilo that asked him to leave," said Davis. "Rousimar left because he felt he was not evolving as a fighter, and there were other fighters who left that camp around that time for the same reason."

Palhares currently fights for Team Noguiera, and team head Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira defended Palhares' conduct in the gym, and explained that heel hooks have to be applied explosively.

"I can say that in our gym, ‘Toquinho’ has never hurt anyone," said Nogueira in a release sent to "He is a good person, excellent company and a man with a great character. I believe that he has never thought of doing anything evil to any opponent because this isn’t his conduct.

"I don’t question UFC’s decision because the people who are in control have a global view of the business and they understand it better than anyone in the whole business that involves our sport."

"It’s a dangerous position and the guy who applies it has to be explosive. At the time, you don’t look at the opponent. ‘Toquinho’ lost the position several times because he released the grip a little. It’s a position that you go with everything or you lose it. It’s a complicated situation. The referee needs to be aware and has to intervene in an energetic way."

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MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

10/20/13 11:19 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

Toquinho the man!!

TheLuckyMilkMan site profile image  

10/19/13 2:54 PM by TheLuckyMilkMan

guy is tapping frantically and its clear the ref and the whole world can see it.ref is shouting for the man to stop cranking the heel hook but he wont stop. ref physically tries to pry him off of the guy after getting in his face and trying to get his attention by touching his upper body. after seeing the ref in his face and knowing the ref has seen his opponent tapping for a while now and and had been trying to stop the fight for a few seconds, palhares cranks a little harder and then decides to let go. he has been suspended for this before.the geniuses-"palhares shut his eyes and ears and so couldnt see or hear the ref trying to get him to stop cranking and that is why we should be less harsh on him injuring someone again and being suspended for holding a sub in too long again. his friends sperry and big nog say he hasnt hurt anyone and that he is a nice guy so bustamantes opinion is null and all this reality you are throwin at me makes you look stupid"

gotmysitchpackedbyweidman site profile image  

10/19/13 10:16 AM by gotmysitchpackedbyweidman

lol so you really are mad that Palhares beat an American? LOL!!!!!!!!!!

Bucephalus site profile image  

10/19/13 8:47 AM by Bucephalus

Mike. Bro. He's gone. His career in the UFC is over. Done.Bellator doesn't want him. His old coach doesn't want him. Most of the MMA community doesn't want him.Tell yourself whatever you need to hear so it doesn't hurt as much on the inside.Peace.

submitbitch site profile image  

10/19/13 8:45 AM by submitbitch

You mad Palhares got dominated by another American right out of the sport.

Sprawl 68 site profile image  

10/19/13 8:36 AM by Sprawl 68

This inability to recognize what is going on is perplexing. I think BS!

bferg09 site profile image  

10/19/13 6:51 AM by bferg09

So the fact is he just needs to be hit with a taser as soon as the guy tapped cause he's just retarded

Atkinson site profile image  

10/19/13 6:50 AM by Atkinson

So a few character references negate what everyone has SEEN on numerous occasions?

gotmysitchpackedbyweidman site profile image  

10/19/13 6:11 AM by gotmysitchpackedbyweidman

You guys are still mad that Palhares dominated an American.

bungles site profile image  

10/19/13 5:05 AM by bungles