Rousimar Palhares may never shake his nasty reputation.
Prior to, and even before, his release from the UFC following a heel hook victory over Mike Pierce that many believed was “dirty,” Palhares, a leg lock expert, has had a dark cloud surrounding him as someone who doesn’t fight fair.
Fans and media lit up once again, feeling that he failed to release a potential career-ending submission until well after the ref intervened. WSOF executives Ali Abel-Aziz and Ray Sefo aren’t seeing it that way.
MMAFighting caught up with them after the event.
“The submission happened right in front of Ali and I,” said Sefo. “I thought as soon as the referee told him to let go, he let go. So if you think that he held it too long, then you’re crazy.”
“I think everybody needs to leave this kid alone,” said Abdel-Aziz. “He went through a lot already, and he’s a champ now. I think everybody should be congratulating him and praising him as a champ.
“When you’re talking about an inside inverted heel hook, come talk to anybody in this room, any black belt in the room, you don’t have time to tap. If it’s a regular heel hook from the outside, you do have time to roll out of it. He turned it into a kneebar, and after that he went into an inverted heel hook. Many, many guys I know, including myself, I popped my MCL because you don’t have time to tap.”
Take a look at the fight and tell us what you think.Tags: Ali Abdel-Aziz, ray sefo, Rousimar Palhares, The World Series of Fighting, wsof 9