Shortly after a controversial loss by Rousimar Palhares to stand-out wrestler, Nate Marquardt, Palhares claimed to have felt grease on the legs of Marquardt. After thorough checking by the board and commission, that showed no grease on the legs of Marquardt, Palhares changed his tune.
“I’m very sorry for the accusations I made,” Palhares told MMAjunkie.com “Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I’m very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight.”
Palhares instantly claimed something was wrong and tried to alert referee Herb Dean to a potential case of greasing, but Marquardt took advantage of his foe’s lapse in concentration and pounced with a series of strikes that forced the official to halt the bout just 3 minutes and 28 seconds into the first round.
Palhares’ head trainer at Brazilian Top Team, MMA legend Murilo Bustamante, said even if “Toquinho” had been right about the potential greasing, he should have waited until the end of the round to address it.
“He should have never stopped,” Bustamante said. “Nate won fair and square and did exactly what he should have. Rousimar knows it’s imperative to protect yourself at all times, and he failed to do that.”