Although plenty of fans seem to be pretty ticked off about how Rousimar Palhares didn’t immediately stop cranking on Mike Pierce’s heel last night when the ref jumped in, the fighter’s camp has come to his defense. If you haven’t heard, which would be hard to believe at this juncture, the bout went down at UFC Fight Night 29 last night Barueri, Brazil.

While speaking to MMA, renowned manager Alex Davis had this to say about his client, and the fact Palhares has been disciplined before for similar actions.

“The one thing I can certify is that Rousimar does not hold on to a sub out of malice. It’s unconscious, a mix of adrenaline and years of being conditioned to not let go.”

“I can attest to the fact that Rousimar is a very simple, humble and well-meaning person,” Davis said.

“That said, we need to keep on working on it. Rousimar used to hurt people in training, but he has become very controlled now. Now we need to work on the fights, work on keeping him conscious rather than just automatic.”

The UFC decided to not award Palhares “Submission of the Night” due to his actions, and Dana White has also relayed the fighter will be punished further. Davis argued, however, that withholding “SOTN” from Palhares should be punishment “enough”. Looks like that’s not going to be the case.

With the win, Palhares improved his record to 15-5 and ended a two fight losing streak.

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