Former coach: Palhares hurt people in the gym ‘a lot’
John Joe O’Regan does it again, securing an interview with Rousimar Palhares’s former coach the great Murilo Bustamante, head of the Brazilian Top Team. Bustamante says that he was not surprised when Palahares held a hook too long on Wed vs. Mike Pierce. Bustamante says a tendency to do the same thing in training, injuring teammates played a role in Palhares’s switch last year from BTT to Team Nogueira.
“I wouldn’t normally say anything because usually what happens inside Brazilian Top Team stays inside Brazilian Top Team,” said Bustamante. “But Rousimar has been talking a lot of bulls— about my team so I feel I am free to say what I think as well.”
“In the beginning I thought it was because he was naive or had too much nervous energy during the fights.
“But then he caused a lot of incidents inside my academy during his camps and I changed my mind. I got tired of seeing how he hurts people so often when he is sparring, especially when he has a fight coming up. 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.
“I actually hired a psychologist to help me with him but, as we have seen, it didn’t work.”
In an interview with MMAJunkie, Palhares’ manager Alex Davis responded.
I never, ever get involved in the relationship between a fighter and his camp. That being said, I do know why Rousimar left that team, and let me make it clear that it was not Murilo that asked him to leave. 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.