It’s a familiar sequence of events for Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares.
It seems every few months for the last two years he’s scheduled to fight someone.
He enters the cage calmly, answers the opening bell, and proceeds to all but tear an opponent’s leg off within two minutes.
The opponent taps, the referee steps in — and has to tug on Palhares before he releases the hold.
Then, the controversy begins.
But, where does it end?
Last night Rousimar Palhares defeated a longtime top-ranked welterweight in Jon Fitch at MMA World Series of Fighting 16 in Sacramento, CA with another of his signature leglock submissions. Palhares improved his record to 17-6 and defended his WSOF Welterweight Championship with the win. A kneebar ended the contest at 1:30 of the first.
He’s been fighting for WSOF since being released by the UFC last year for two previous “not-releasing-in-time” transgressions. (To be fair, he was already in some hot water due to a 2012 suspension due to a failed drug test.)
A gif of the bout can be seen here, along with a few memorable responses:
— ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) December 14, 2014
I won't say Palhares held onto that kneebar too long, but man, he's certainly not in danger of letting go too soon.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) December 14, 2014
On Christmas Palhares plans on grabbing everyones presents and refusing to let go. #WSOF
— MMA Roasted (@MMARoasted) December 14, 2014
As you can see from the GIF, it’s really not that flagrant with Palhares. It seldom is. He is required to release the hold when the official tells him — and not when the tap comes. But that’s easy for me to say when no one’s tearing my leg off my body.
We wish the best for Jon Fitch.
In the meantime, what do you think? Should Palhares be held to a higher standard because of his history, or the dangerous nature of the move?
Or should we… let it go?