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UFC 142's Rousimar Palhares seeing sports psychologist following bizarre incidents

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.

Palhares (13-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) remains scheduled to fight next month at UFC 142 against Mike Massenzio (13-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) on Jan. 14 on UFC 142's main card at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.

"It's a mixture of things," Davis recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "There are a lot of variables. Yes, Rousimar is a very simple person. He comes from a very simple background. He comes from a background that somebody here in the United States would have a very, very hard time understanding.

"But he does tend to go on automatic a lot, and that's something we are trying to straighten out."

Let's be clear: Palhares has had way more fights go off without a hitch than not. But there's always a sense at any moment the wheels can come flying off. And when they have, it sticks out in people's minds.

UFC 111 in March 2010 is really when we were first introduced to the bizarro world of Palhares, though nobody knew it at the time. It took Palhares all of 45 seconds into the first frame to lock on a heel-hook submission against Tomasz Drwal. The problem was he held onto the submission after referee Kevin Mulhall's initial attempt to halt the bout. Meanwhile, Drwal writhed in pain.

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board suspended Palhares 90 days.

Next came the incident in the main event at UFC Fight Night 22.

In the first round, Palhares found himself on his back against Nate Marquardt following a failed leg-lock attempt. He immediately proceeded to look up at referee Herb Dean while also gesturing toward Marquardt's legs, meaning he was trying to signal the reason he could not get the submission hold was because Marquardt had something slippery on his legs. Marquardt, who recognized the minor mental meltdown instantly, attacked with ground-and-pound strikes and earned the stoppage victory.

Palhares again drew attention to Marquardt's legs following the bout as they embraced and still tried to plead his case. But when it was all said and done, Marquardt had done nothing wrong outside of sweating more than Palhares would have preferred.

"I am a witness that there was nothing (illegal going on)," Davis said. "Marquardt's legs were shaved and smooth as a baby's, but there was no oil, nothing on them. You can't do that when you fight. And Rousimar has to develop in that sense."

That's "WTF" moment No. 2 if you're scoring at home.

No. 3 was bestowed upon us roughly a year later at UFC 134 back in August, where Palhares faced Dan Miller. (Palhares did make it through a submission win over Dave Branch just prior without any trouble rearing its head.)

In the first round against Miller, Palhares connected on a perfectly timed high kick that dropped his opponent to the canvas. Palhares moved in to end the fight with ground-and-pound strikes. After a few heavy punches, however, he walked away thinking he had won and jumped up to straddle the cage to bask in the glow of victory.

The only problem was the ref never stopped the fight.

If there were a tent draped over the arena at that moment, it would have had a circus. Still, Palhares went on to earn the unanimous-decision victory.

Broadcaster Gus Johnson once infamously said, "These things happen in MMA."

Well, "things" happen in Rousimar Palhares' fights.

A lot of them.

And, most recently, we've learned it's not unique to the octagon.

A month after the Miller fight, Palhares competed in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Wrestling World Championships, where he earned a silver medal in the under-88kg division. Palhares defeated Dan Schon, David Avellan and Rafael Lovato Jr. in succession before falling to Andre Galvao in the finals.

Almost on cue, there were a couple dicey moments along the way.



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12/12/11 12:29 PM
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Derek Bolender delivers a great piece on this one...
I'm pretty fascinated with PaulHarris.

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Might be good for him. Hopefully, it helps him cut out all the shenanigans during competition.
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great article
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Terrible article bashing a great fighter. If you let go of a submission too soon you could lose the fight. Marqhardt is a known cheater part of a known greasing team. Herb Dean rushed in and looked like he stopped the fight. Paulhares obviously went to far the other direction after so much criticism. It's not very hard to figure out and that article provided nothing new. It basically restated what we already knew with an oh yeah he saw a sports psychologist.
12/12/11 12:39 PM
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This guy is a beast. I hope he doesn't go all Oliver McCall someday.
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Very cool article!! I like watching Paul Harris fight but he does seem like a strange cat sometimes 

Thanks Jeff
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 Thats boy's not right.
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Anarkis - Terrible article bashing a great fighter. If you let go of a submission too soon you could lose the fight. Marqhardt is a known cheater part of a known greasing team. Herb Dean rushed in and looked like he stopped the fight. Paulhares obviously went to far the other direction after so much criticism. It's not very hard to figure out and that article provided nothing new. It basically restated what we already knew with an oh yeah he saw a sports psychologist.
it was a great piece imo.
Derek is not a fighter basher, to call him one is just inaccurate.

PosterBoysPersonalModerator - Very cool article!! I like watching Paul Harris fight but he does seem like a strange cat sometimes 

Thanks Jeff

 no prob!
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Anarkis - Terrible article bashing a great fighter. If you let go of a submission too soon you could lose the fight. Marqhardt is a known cheater part of a known greasing team. Herb Dean rushed in and looked like he stopped the fight. Paulhares obviously went to far the other direction after so much criticism. It's not very hard to figure out and that article provided nothing new. It basically restated what we already knew with an oh yeah he saw a sports psychologist.
it was a great piece imo.
Derek is not a fighter basher, to call him one is just inaccurate.

PosterBoysPersonalModerator - Very cool article!! I like watching Paul Harris fight but he does seem like a strange cat sometimes 

Thanks Jeff

 no prob!


He made Paulhares seem like there was no rhyme or reason for his actions. I don't think the guy is especially hard to figure out. Especially if you look through his track record of fights. Then he said he was seeing a sports psychologist without providing any insight on to how that might help him as a fighter. When did doing things automatically in a fight become a bad thing? Isn't that why people drill combos and techniques?
12/12/11 1:01 PM
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these wtf moments are exactly what i think is great, entertaing and gives him the x factor. war pauly the bone collector Phone Post
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 Paul Harris is nuttier than my shit after eating an almond roca.
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crazydave -  Paul Harris is nuttier than my shit after eating an almond roca.


Two kinds of people eat almond Roca, and both of them like to date men.
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Cyril Jeff - Derek Bolender delivers a great piece on this one...
I'm pretty fascinated with PaulHarris.

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Rousimar Pahlares, searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now when Pahlares grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs.

 
12/12/11 1:08 PM
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Someone at a seminar in the UK indicated that there was some real serious reason's Paul Harris is like that but wouldn't elaborate out of respect.
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Mit - Someone at a seminar in the UK indicated that there was some real serious reason's Paul Harris is like that but wouldn't elaborate out of respect.


Tell us more?
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Anarkis - He made Paulhares seem like there was no rhyme or reason for his actions. I don't think the guy is especially hard to figure out.  
you think there is a rhyme or reason to Paulhares' actions?
is behaviour is very strange to say the least.

his insane talent is what makes this all so fascinating, imo.
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Mit - Someone at a seminar in the UK indicated that there was some real serious reason's Paul Harris is like that but wouldn't elaborate out of respect.


Tell us more?
That's all I know lol Phone Post
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I have a feeling that this session will not go the full hour.
Palhares def. sports psychologist by vicious kneebar.
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With all due respect, he needs a psychiatrist. 
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Snappy Whistleteeth - With all due respect, he needs a psychiatrist. 
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