Rousimar Palhares vs. Everyone
You can ‘t have a list like this without including Paul Harris. Unfortunately, you can’t limit his fondness for a little extra torque to just one fight. We’ve covered this headcase in one way or another into a living death, so here’s the quick run down.
Bad blood: The only bad blood in any of his matches seems to be the lack of it that flows to his brain. His actions never seem to have anything to do with a beef with his opponent nor do they seem to rooted in anything happening in reality at the time.
The fights: Take your pick. In the video above, Palhares shows contempt for Tomasz Drwal‘s ligaments as he continues to crank on the heel hook long after the tap and even after the referee grabs a hold of his arms. Toquinho showed an equally brutal, albeit slightly more forgivable disdain for the knee of Flavio Luiz Moura when they fought in 2007. Earlier that same year he also had trouble saying goodbye to a rear naked choke that put Helio Dipp in the dreamworld. Most recently he was seen doing uncalled for damage to limbs at the 2011 ADCC tournament.
In his own words: In his post fight inteview following the Drwal bout, he said: “I just wait until the referee stop the fight. I don’t want any misunderstandings, but I didn’t want to hurt him. I’m really sorry about it. I know he’s a great fighter”. His coach Ale Davis further explained: ““When Rousimar catches a position, he wants to make sure he holds on to it, that’s the main thing. It was the very first minute of the fight, that’s when the adrenaline’s pumping and you know what, a fighter isn’t really all there. The adrenaline is not making him think right. He’s closing his eyes and he wants to finish.”
Payback’s a bitch: With such a storied history of dishing out extra punishment, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission decided to take action following his bout with Drwal. Palhares was issued a 90-day disciplinary suspension for his late release of the hold, which doesn’t mean much really given fighters routinely take off several months between fights.