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UFC 134 GIF: The Fight Is Over When Rousimar Palhares Says It’s Over

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If you missed the UFC 134 Spike TV Prelims broadcast on Saturday, then you missed Rousimar Palhares act as judge, jury, and (almost) executioner against Dan Miller. Near the end of the first round, Palhares landed a huge head kick that flattened Miller, and followed it up with some nasty punches from the top. And then he raised his arms in victory and strolled off to jump on the cage, as if the fight had been stopped, which it definitely hadn’t.

Herb Dean was forced to corral Palhares and tell him the fight was still going on. When the action was re-started, Miller immediately floored Palhares with a punch, but Palhares quickly recovered and did enough through the rest of the match to earn a comfortable unanimous decision win (29–27, 30–27, 30–25).

For ‘Toquinho’, it’s just the latest chapter in a controversial UFC career that has already included a 90-day suspension due to brutality, and an epically failed attempt to file a greasing complaint against Nate Marquardt while Marquardt was beating the crap out of him. But Palhares says the Miller non-stoppage was just a simple misunderstanding:

As he explained after the fight, “[Herb Dean] said, ‘Stop, stop, stop’ so I stopped. I thought the fight was over so I jumped onto the top of the cage…God is on my side. So I can win once, twice, three times.”

In reality, Herb Dean never said anything of the kind. It’s possible that Palhares’s head was simply tuned into the same radio frequency that only insane Brazilian fighters can hear.

Dana White wasn’t too impressed by the bizarre moment either: “I said, ‘This is fucking crazy. I’ve never seen anything like this before.’ I was tweeting about it while it happened. It’s the second time that he’s done… And then, could you imagine… First of all, he does that. In no way shape or form did Herb Dean stop that fight or even come close. He didn’t even make a move toward them to stop that fight. He runs over and jumps on top of the cage like he won, comes back, then almost gets knocked out. Just like he did against Nate Marquardt. It was crazy. I mean, Palhares, I went back and told him, ‘You don’t stop fights! The referees stop the fight.’”

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Lesnarischamp- August 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm
"‘You don’t stop fights! The referees stop the fight.’"

After this comment from Dana, Harris will probably go back to holding on to his submissions too long again, as he's done several times, and mess up some guys knee/ankle.

I say put the Man-bear in with Vitor, see what he's got.
k-onda- August 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm
This dude is dumb - even for professional fighters, he's like tree-stump dumb, he gives cavemen a bad name. He literally looked like an angry monkey trying to make a computer work when he thought he finished Miller - entertaining as hell though.
I train mma- August 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm
maybe someone has said this...

I'm pretty sure that jumping up on the cage is specifically listed in the rules as a reason for a DQ.

maybe it's at the ref's discretion and not mandatory
airikr- August 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm
As a couple of people already pointed out, someone DID shout out stop, or something very similar. I reacted to it too and I'm surprised more people didn't.
kaienshiba- August 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm
if you look at herbs position and where dan millers hand came up to Paul Harris's face I could see how he might have thought the fight had been stopped. Still a dumb move, but after looking at it again I at least understand what happened
DangadaDang- August 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm
More and more it this dude reminds me of Djimon Hounsou's character in Blood Diamond, confused or murderous with nothing in between.
FrontKick Dentist- August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am
Crawling around on a dirt floor as a baby his brain is infested with parasites and worms altering his cognitive function.
Garbanzo- August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am
The UFC definitely needs to invest in some Portuguese lessons for the refs, or at least a cheat sheet they can keep in their pocket with keep phrases.
thenutman69321- August 29, 2011 at 10:43 am
Someone definitely yelled stop, I assumed it was Herb Dean when it first happened as well. Only during replay did I realize it wasn't him.
XENOPHON- August 29, 2011 at 9:54 am
Most observant. He comes not from the concrete jungle, but the ruff. Now that ‘Toquinho’ has earned enough to buy his family some hardwood floors, CP needs to send him this friendly note:
"Toquinho it's now time to invest $100 bucks for some English as a second language instuction. If that's too steep, try Gragslist - Rosetta Stone. After that head to Big Bear California - this will get you a chance at wrapping that belt around your trunk. "
This brings up a good point, CP needs to send a second note to Herb Bean an Dana "not so bright" White:
"When in the cage with a Manbearverine, it's a good idea to have a bi-lingual referee"
As for Herbie, there is nothing like investing in ones own career. Especially when a majority of the worlds best fighters call's Brazil their home.

Toquinho's "Official Ring Entrance" song that got banned by the UFC.
XENOPHON- August 29, 2011 at 9:31 am
@Bob Villa
Richard Fitzentite- August 29, 2011 at 8:46 am
30-25? Really?
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- August 29, 2011 at 8:38 am
Paul Harris is on so many roids its not even funny...he's a total asshole as well, he shattered that one dude's ACL well after he tapped which I feel is the biggest dickhead move you can possibly do as a fighter, he repeatedly grabbed the cage Saturday, totally preventing a key takedown from Miller and drilled him twice clearly after the bell in that first round...dude's a dickhead, fuck that guy...hell of a fighter though
FilmDrunk- August 29, 2011 at 8:37 am
You throw Blanka in there, just be happy he doesn't bite anyone's head.

I'll be most impressed when his steroid tests come back clean.
RwilsonR- August 29, 2011 at 8:16 am
You all need to listen to Bob Villa. You can't just shave a Manbearverine, throw him in a cage, and expect him to forget his instincts. We should all be impressed with the attempts Murilo Bustamante has made thus far in domesticating Palhares.
Bottom line, Hoos is learning, but he'll always be an animal born to fight. And he is coming for Anderson. Anderson, did you see the savagery? Have you seen the knees broken in half? Watch closely and hemember, Anderson... hemember. Palhares is coming for you and your skinny little knees.
Fried Taco- August 29, 2011 at 7:40 am
wow, am I still drunk? throw, not through
Fried Taco- August 29, 2011 at 7:39 am
I was hoping Herb Dean would let Dan Miller pull him off the top of the cage and through him to the ground, WWE style. I mean, the fight was still going on, right?
mDino- August 29, 2011 at 7:37 am
that assumes paul harris actually has a fireplace. i would think he lives in teh amazon deep in a wolverine den
Spitting into the wind- August 29, 2011 at 7:29 am
I heard someone scream stop just before Palhares did stop.
So its not just him being a crazy fuck!
flyingogoplata- August 29, 2011 at 7:18 am
Dear Dana,
Please take Mayhem out of his fight with Bisping and put in Toquinho. Bisping's leg would look great mounted above Toquinho's fireplace.
SumDumGuy- August 29, 2011 at 6:55 am
The Harris family are fine folk; hespected too. I don't ever want to hear shit talked about them again. Specially about their pugilist son, Paul.
amsterdamheavy- August 29, 2011 at 6:44 am
Fuck that dude and his poor upbringing. Grabbing the cage, hitting after the bell, grabbing shorts, not releasing holds, and now this dumb shit. Send his ass back to Jungle Fights if he cant act like a professional.
Master_Betty- August 29, 2011 at 6:37 am
He's not a tool or a little bitch. He's an uneducated Brazilian from a poor rural village. He's really just a simpleton, and I don't say that in a derogatory manner. The analogy about him being a beast from the wild is more accurate than calling him a deliberate cheater.
Bob Villa- August 29, 2011 at 6:29 am
It's ludicrous for y'all to think you can take a beast from the wild, throw him into a cage, make him fight, and not expect things to get crazy. Manbearverines aren't accustomed to the rules of man. Palhares is the first attempt to even domesticate one. I think it's a victory that they've got him to stop maiming dudes.
Watch out Anderson. Toquinho is coming.
RearNakedSpoon- August 29, 2011 at 6:28 am
UFC 111 he holds a heel hook too long and gets a suspension, UFC 134 he stops too early and gets a bollocking.
He is clearly getting mixed signals lol