Palhares broke foot early vs. Lombard

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hector Lombard fought fellow middleweight Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FX 6 Friday, earning a dramatic finish late in the first.

However, according to a statement sent to, in a moment of extreme irony, Palhares suffered ligament damage and broken bones in his right foot, after throwing an early-fight kick.

“During the fight, my kick was working well,” said Palhares, who went to the hospital immediately after the fight. “But soon in the first round, one of my kicks hit Lombard’s shin below his knee. I heard a snap, and I knew something bad happened.

“From that moment on, I feeling my foot more and more numb and without strength to walk around the octagon. It was a very complicated situation. I went through something similar in the fight against Jeremy Horn when I broke my hand during the fight.”

“What happened, happened,” said trainer and MMA legend Murilo Bustamante. “He is a great athlete and will overcame to be back up. The entire team of the UFC has done a great good job since the first medical care the arena of the fight. The hospital staff also made all necessary effort getting imaging tests with ‘Toquinho,’ and from then on, we started treatment immediately. His right foot is still very swollen. We still do not have prediction of when he will be able to go back training.”

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