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Better Know A Fighter: Rousimar Palhares

Don’t ever tell this guy you want to “hang out and twist one up” — it doesn’t translate well.  VidProps: UFC/YouTube

Rousimar Palhares is the root cause of 35% of all cases of Restless Leg Syndrome on the planet. If you have fully-functioning knees, you have never rolled with Toquinho. If your initials are “ACL“, chances are you have woken up screaming in the middle of the night due to a nightmare you can barely remember, but you were strangely compelled to check under your bed for Palhares. In 1903, Hurricane Rousimar barreled through Puerto Rico and the northern coast of South America. No one was killed, but thousands were unable to walk normally for the rest of their lives.  Chuck Norris is the reason giraffes have long necks (roundhouse kick), but Rousimar Palhares is the reason they have those gnarly knees (hoof hook).

Some of that stuff may possibly have been made up and/or hyperbolized, but we all know that, like the Wu-Tang Clan, Rousimar P. ain’t nothing to fuck with. With his UFC Rio bout with Dan Miller almost upon us, let’s all take a few moments to get to know Paul Harris a bit better. When he’s not ruining your mobility for life, he actually seems like a humble, friendly kind of guy. Just don’t make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Leave your own boasts of Palhares’ crazy awesomeness in the comments, if you think you can do better.


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Todd M- August 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm
I'm picking Miller by decision, I think he can keep it standing and use his reach
Trouser Snake- August 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Manbearverine once heel-hooked and iguana. Now we have snakes.
RwilsonR- August 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm
@ ghostboner & danomite - very true points! Although the Manbearverine was unfairly asked to follow rules he/it didn't understand in the Marquardt fight, and trying to follow those rules temporarily stripped him of his animal instincts.
With the Manbearverine fully unleashed in his home environment, everyone's lower extremities beware!!!
XENOPHON- August 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm
@El Guapo
True about his stature stockiness, as I acknowledged he is elite on the ground. Looking at his record wins, almost all are submissions based on leg cranks and locks.
I hate to point it out (as he is a favorite) but there are some major problems with this. One, the head is usually wide open to damage when both arms are tied up on the ankle, foot, and legs,
Two, being shorter becomes a big disadvantage when throwing the legs around for an opponents trunk or head for a scissors lock, and it means the rubber guard is more difficult due to the lack of distance shorter limbs must travel.
As a comparison, John Jones with his length can use them much more often and expend the energy with greater effect. Yet, there is much truth in what you say about the power to crunch ligaments and break bones.
If he prevails against Miller in Brazil, and his next fight is of lower than expected caliber, then I would point to one reason. Being that he is a monster on the ground with legs, and the ankle and knees are easy to damage, I would have to say that the Silva is concerned that he not damage his stable of other top 10 talent.
ghostboner- August 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm
A leg snapping Manbeaverine fears no man. However, an allegedly greased up Nate Marquardt is another story entirely.
Clyde- August 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm
The CP website once ran very well, then Paul Harris made a post and snapped the edit button and its been limping ever since.
danomite- August 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm
obsiously Xeno isn't familiar with the animal that is the Manbearverine. Have you ever seen a grizzly bear throw a leg kick? Or mountain lion throw a jab? No, because they are predatory animals and animals have a natural born killer instinct. Palhares is one of those such animals. From the time of his birth he has known the first rule of fighting: A man can't walk, he can't fight. Before he found his way to the favelas of brazil he survived by snapping the knees of Jaguars and sucking out the bone marrow. Palhares laughs at the very idea of using his hands and legs for anything other than snapping knees.
Trouser Snake- August 22, 2011 at 11:09 am
Down. Fuck.
Trouser Snake- August 22, 2011 at 11:08 am
Paul Harris is responsible for more leg surgeries that old people falling donw.
El Guapo- August 22, 2011 at 11:03 am
leigaments = typo
lack of edit button = shit
Xeno = Good points about the disadvantages Palhares faces in the standup due to his height(or lackthere of). But that same disadvantage might become an advantage on the ground, as his short arms generate more torque for snapping them thangs
El Guapo- August 22, 2011 at 10:53 am
Rousimar will de-limb iDestroy, tear Turd Ferguson's leigaments and break Bob Villa's ankles... All before breakfast.
XENOPHON- August 22, 2011 at 10:48 am
Great video interview. I didn't know anything about his rough years as a child.. but it surely explained much. I called Palhares over Miller, and I' sticking to it.
Karma: Here is exactly the reason that it's best to let the interviewer drop any hype and drama, so as to let the truth from those being interviewed carry the weight.
As for Toquinho, he is too big for a short man in his weight class, and I doubt he will ever get lite enough enjoy the option of bowing out and competing inside a weaker wight class, as so many now do once the obvious is noted.
This tree stump is know-doubt one of my favorites, but his blaring weakness is that all his victories have had to come via the the submission. That part of his game is elite, it's the stand up and striking where a good trainer ought to direct his efforts moving forward - as it's not his natural gravitas.
Literally short at that, he must learn to use that kick, as I am sure he can kick like a mule...the leg distance although disadvantaged to the taller fighter, allows for greater reach to stand back half the time, and not risk rushing to feel that he has to get to the inside during a strike exchange with a longer fighter.
Toquinho's natural height disadvantage is what saved Nate's ass, and it allowed D. Henderson to pick him apart with purely above the board strikes. In Miller's case, he will carry forward a 4 inch height advantage and 3 inches in reach.
El Famous Burrito- August 22, 2011 at 10:42 am
Paul Harris was the reason the wheel was invented.
Morningwood- August 22, 2011 at 10:36 am
wow the stress of wrecking all those knee's has age PH. Dude looks like he's 60 years old. I wonder if he see's the faces of his victims in his sleep.
Pen Fifteen- August 22, 2011 at 10:03 am
Following RP's UFC debut, The Scooter Store renamed its most popular model of electric wheelchair the "Paul Harris."
entropee- August 22, 2011 at 9:57 am
It makes me happy to know that he got those hulk muscles from chucking bricks and punching cows. He came across a lot more insightful than I originally gave him credit for. Mission accomplished ufc, I now feel a little bit more emotionally invested in paul harris.
skeletor- August 22, 2011 at 9:13 am
He's a beast for sure. If he beats Miller I hope he starts getting some name competition, a definite bright spot in a pretty shallow division.
Fried Taco- August 22, 2011 at 9:08 am
Rousimar Palhares broke the legs on my Stretch Armstrong.