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Urban Legend Alert: Rousimar Palahares Being Unfairly Blamed for a Leg-Breaking He Didn’t Commit

(True story.)

Rousimar Palhares‘s reputation for unsportsmanlike leg-breaking, terrifying aggression, and general insanity is well-documented, and well-deserved. But now that he’s being blamed for leg-murders he didn’t even commit, we felt it was time to step in to defend him.

This morning, as part of their Blood Week series, Deadspin linked to a photo of a man on a table, with his femur sticking out of his leg. If you really, really need to see it, just hit the “next page” link at the end of this post. [Ed. note: Don't actually do that.] As Deadspin writes:

Click through to see what happened to Isiah Ordiz’s femur after he wouldn’t tap out of a heel hook from Rousimar Palhares. I cannot stress this enough: this is a Faces of Death-level photo and you will wish you hadn’t seen it.

Immediately, my bullshit sensors went off. I researched an entire article about Palhares’s assholish history of leg abuse two years ago, and there’s no way I would leave out something this gruesome and dramatic, if there was any record of it on the Internet. The fact that this is surfacing now makes it suspect to begin with. Surely us MMA fans would have already heard of it?

So just to be sure, we swung by Palhares’s database entries on Sherdog,, and Wikipedia. None of them include a fight against Isiah Ordiz. In fact, none of them even include an entry for any fighter named “Isiah Ordiz.” This has all the marks of an urban legend, and like every good urban legend, it’s spreading like wildfire through the Internet because it’s so easy to believe. (“Of course Rousimar Palhares broke that man’s leg. What else could have happened to him, except that he had a run-in with MMA’s most infamous leg snapper?”)

Except it didn’t happen. So let’s kill this rumor before it spreads any further. Thank you. And again, you really don’t have to click that “next page” link if you don’t want to…

Update: There is a grappler by the name of Isaiah Ordiz, but there’s no record that he ever competed against Palhares, or that the guy in the photo is actually him. The photo has been circulating for weeks with no mention of Palhares.

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Clyde- February 1, 2012 at 5:10 am
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Paul Harris definately did that shit. Although in a bizarre twist, it turns out he was actually heel hooking the other leg at the time...
sooofast- January 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm
that picture was taken 2 days ago in the HOSPITAL VICTORINO SANTAELLA, in Los Teques Venezuela, it was a motorcycle driver who crash into a SUV, he dies, by the way...
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- January 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm
a nsfw warning would of been nice
humperdinkal- January 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm
hmmm, looks tasty. Give Palahares a bone.
XENOPHON- January 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike - BEST!
Now that Bisping had dropped 2 positions and now ranks number 11 by Fight Matrix (which is the most in-depth fair global ranking there is.)
I now wonder how far up the ladder Joe Silva is going to bump Palhares up the ladder for his next fight?
Here are just the UFC fighters, and there world ranking for serious odds makers.
1. Silva
2. Sonnen
3. Belfort
4. Munoz
7. Weidman
8. Okami
11. Bisping
13. Stann
15. Palhares
16. Maia
17. Belcher
21. Leben
23. Wandy
24. A.Johnson
25. Santiago
26. Boetsch
28. Philippou
29. D.Miller
30. Herman
36. A.Simpson
40. A.Sakara
43. Carmont
45. Ring
46. McGee
54. J.Rivera (now retired)
57. Fukuda
63. Mayhem
64. Akiyama
71. J.MacDonald
72. Rafael Natal
85. Kyle Noke
89. Jared Hamman
91. Cung Le
92. Tom Lawlor
93. Clifford Starks
94. Chris Camozzi
100.James Head
Check it yourselves.
Dizzylittlelord- January 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm
this one is bullshit, that picture came up on reddit and its been spreading round with different things attached, sorry guys
Jackbequick- January 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Quan Chi.
GistoftheFist- January 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Wow that is one nasty looking picture. Looks like a fatality victim. Did any of the MK characters rip off a leg? I can't remember.
JUDOknowSHIT- January 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm
maybe if somebody were to demolish one of his joints/bones in a similar fashion, he would be hesitant to crank with such reckless abandon. probably not though.
NomadRip- January 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Fried Taco, I'll send you my beardy shirt if you promise to stop posting the contents of your spank bank on here.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- January 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm
that picture looks like some jurassic parkesque special effects from the 90's.

oh and thanks Fried Taco, not like I needed to eat or have good dreams this evening!! no worries!!
Fried Taco- January 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm
@The12ozCurls - safe word is "Kim Winslow" actually... that or "don't stop".
mmaandrew34- January 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm
prediction: rousimar will be the next fighter to fail for steroids
The12ozCurls- January 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Hey Fried Taco,
What kinda wild freaky ass shit are you into?
In between your postings do you go back and feed the Gimp?
Are you currently wearing nipple clamps?
What is your "safe" word?
I am betting it is "Mazzagatti"
You are one sick mother f@#ker.
Call me.
Fried Taco- January 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm
And no, I wasn't searching for american indian male genital torture when I found this...
Fried Taco- January 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm
The real story (not kidding around this time)
McLuvin- January 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm
That femur doesn't appear to be broken.
Fried Taco- January 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm
And actually the doctors called in Mr. Harris to help save this man's leg. Apparently Paul was the only one that could remove the object.
Fried Taco- January 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Not true. This is the real injury that was caused by Paul Harris.
raton- January 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Only an idiot would believe this story. There are too many things wrong in this pic to be MMA related. If a human being could actually do this, it would prove that Superman is walking among us.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm
That's how Paul Harris eats his Turkey on Thanksgiving, he heel hooks the living shit out of it until the legs snap and then he feasts....he does the same to humans every other day of the year...and you thought horse meat got you jacked
Kid Clam Curtains- January 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Blake Griffin's dunks break femurs.
Motivated Penn- January 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm
I still say it happened.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Femurs don't break from heel hooks. Knees explode.