Palhares seeks sport psychologist following bizarre incidents

Monday, December 12, 2011

There’s never a shortage of registered armchair psychologists in the world of MMA.

“Registered,” in this case, meaning the result of people who have successfully inputted username and password combinations to gain access to media such as forums and Twitter, which they then use as de-facto licenses to assess and interpret mental health.

Rousimar Palhares’ manager, Alex Davis, thought it might be slightly more prudent to seek out the expertise of an actual, licensed clinical sports psychologist following a series of head-scratching episodes involving his client

Currently, there are only questions surrounding the Brazilian fighter’s recent behavior, which has included blatantly ignoring referee instructions, wrongfully accusing opponents of cheating, and just about everything in between.

Why does it always seem like he’s trying to bend the rules? Does he simply lose focus under pressure? Is he a dirty fighter? Could there be something more serious going on regarding his mental fitness?

Questions, questions, questions.

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