Unbridled cheater Rousimar Palhares got booted out of the UFC and the World Series of Fighting because he couldn’t stop holding onto submissions too long and gouging opponents’ eyes. But he still managed to get a fight somewhere – despite being suspended and blacklisted – so this weekend he was in the cage at Venator FC, a fly-by-night promotion in Italy.
And he got knocked out. Ha!
To make matters worse (for him, at least), the KO came via elbows which he believes were illegal (they weren’t). That’s justice right there, folks.
As per MMAFighting:
“What went wrong in the fight is that I was hit with illegal elbows in the back of the head and couldn’t see anything next,” Palhares told MMA Fighting. “When I was hit, I went out. I couldn’t even understand what happened. I kept asking my corners what happened, because I felt a strike in the back of my head and then I just saw the referee in front of me, and felt the pain in the back of my head. I was upset because I didn’t fight and they let him continue after the first strike in the back of the head. I wasn’t in the fight anymore after it.”
Palhares went to a hospital in Milan after the fight, and will visit his doctor again in Rio de Janeiro.
“I didn’t say anything (after the fight) because I was off, but my coaches saw and complained, but nobody did anything,” he said. “They just sent me to the hospital for observation, to make sure everything was alright with my brain. I stayed there for 12 hours and then they let me go, and asked me to do another MRI in Brazil.”