Drwal won’t judge Palhares for heel hook from hell

Thursday, April 22, 2010

At UFC 111, Rousimar Palhares defeated Tomasz Drwal by heel hook early in the first round. Leg submissions are rare in the upper echelons of MMA, and this was Rousimar’s second consecutive win, via the same hold. However, Palhares failed to stop when Drwal tapped repeatedly, forcing the referee to physically pry his hands off of his screaming oppoent. Fan condemnation was widespread,  and Palhares was suspended for 90 days by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission.

For the first time publicly, Drwal discusses the incident, with MMA Fighting.com

“S— happens to everyone, and it’s part of my job to deal with accidents. I’m not going to complain. This time around was good for him and bad for me.”

“I felt a slow and weird crack in my ankle, so I tapped and screamed. I think when someone taps and screams it means that he’s done, that he concedes the win to the other guy and that the guy should stop the hold without fearing any misunderstandings with the ref. But truthfully, I have no idea what went though his head. I will not judge him and simply leave it to the fans to make up their own mind.”

“[My] knee and ankle does not need surgery and it was just a strong stretch. I do have fluids in my knee and my ankle creating some swelling but it’s getting better everyday. I think I’ll be able to come back to 100% and be able to train in two weeks time.”

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