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Injury Report: Rousimar Palhares Broke His Foot During First Round of Lombard Fight


(At times like these, you just have to keep telling yourself, “At least I’m not Ray Elbe…at least I’m not Ray Elbe…” / Image via MiddleEasy)

Can we all just pretend that Hector Lombard‘s UFC debut against Tim Boetsch didn’t happen? The heavy-handed killer we saw run down Rousimar Palhares like a frightened deer at the TUF Smashes Finale was the guy we’ve been waiting for and expecting since he jumped over to the UFC from Bellator. But there was a reason why Lombard’s dance partner looked tentative during the match — Palhares suffered ligament damage and broken bones in his foot after throwing a kick in the opening moments. Toquinho explains:

During the fight, my kick was working well. But soon in the first round, one of my kicks hit Lombard’s shin below his knee. I heard a snap, and I knew something bad happened. From that moment on, I [started] feeling my foot more and more numb and without strength to walk around the Octagon.”

An injury early into a match can take a fighter’s mind completely out of the competition — just ask Travis Browne. As Palhares struggled to process his body’s new limitations, he turned into a sitting duck for Lombard’s power punches, and now the Cuban is officially a factor in the middleweight division. Meanwhile, Palhares has now lost his last two UFC bouts by first-round stoppage, including his TKO defeat against Alan Belcher in May. Get well soon, Stump.

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teep- December 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm
I thought he went down a little too easy. Good fight though.
fightfan- December 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm
This guy is an excuse factory. After EVERY loss, somethign comes out why he got his arse kicked.
Fried Taco- December 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm
I always marvel at how this doesn't happen more often. I don't even know how many times I've accidentally bent my penis during screwing and then had to walk it off because it hurt like shit
FilmDrunk- December 17, 2012 at 11:14 am
I always marvel at how this doesn't happen more often. I don't even know how many times I've accidentally landed a kick on the top of my foot during sparring and then had to walk it off because it hurt like shit.
danomite- December 17, 2012 at 10:19 am
I know exactly which kick he was talking about because I saw it and remember thinking 'fuck that's gotta hurt'. It wasn't in the opening seconds, it occurred after Rous was already starting to get his ass kicked. he was tentative before that kick. He's not the same wild animal he used to be. He seems domesticated now. I'm sure a woman is to blame for this.
MorningwoodII- December 17, 2012 at 10:01 am
sounds like Ray Elbe's girlfriend is a hammer and a counter top.
The12ozCurls- December 17, 2012 at 8:41 am
So even in a loss - Paul Harris STILL sent somebody to the hospital with a messed up leg - but it just happened to be himself this time. Karma is a bitch.
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