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WTF Videos of the Day: Vinny Magalhaes’ Rubber Arm and Rousimar Palhares’ Peanut Brain

It’s been a while since the finals of this year’s ADCC tournament went down, but it wasn’t until recently that a couple of videos surfaced, and we decided to let you in on ‘em. Just because it’s Wednesday. The first comes from the end of TUF 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes‘ Over 99kg gold earning effort over Strikeforce/UFC veteran Fabricio Werdum. After controlling the action for the majority of the fight, Magalhaes quickly found himself on the wrong end of a Werdum armbar.

And holy hell does Werdum crank that sucker. For about three minutes straight, “Vai Cavalo” bends Magalhaes’ arm from damn near every position, only taking breaks to re-position himself and inflict further torment. All the props in the world goes to Vinny, who manages to not only withstand the brutal hold for as long as he did, but free himself from it in as calm and collected a manner as possible. Speaking of calm and collected, let’s take a look at a man who has never, ever, been described as such.

Here we have the controversial Under 88kg quarterfinal match between Rousimar Palhares and David Avellan. After the two roll out of bounds, notice the ref clearly taps them both (2:07) to signify the restart. Then, watch as Palhares continues to crank the heel hook until the ref taps him again, an ongoing problem of his. After they both stand up, Palhares thinks he has been declared the winner, another ongoing problem of his, and proceeds to embrace his foe with the subtlety of Ceasar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After the confusion is cleared and the fight is restarted, Palhares goes into full beast mode, and applies a gruesome kneebar (3:31), likely ending Avellan’s ability to walk on his own power ever again. Sorry, bro.

Based on Palhares’ long known hatred of appendages, I think the only person we could safely match him up with at this point is pretty obvious.


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layzboybc- October 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm
i was just gonna post that Tobi-Wan. Whether Palhares knew what was going on or not is a question we may never know. That being said he did alot of stuff that was dirty during just this match like the hard smack to the head "a lil unnecessary" and when you play with leglocks everybody knows in the competition to look out for the other guy even when money is on the line you dont want to make your opponent a cripple for the rest of his life. So I would just aire on the side of caution.
Tobi-Wan Kenobi- October 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Check this video out. David Avellan explains how things went down.
badkarmaPhD- October 20, 2011 at 6:24 am
Verdum was doing everything right, but Vinny did a great job of getting his shoulder in and torquing his body sideways to realize SOME of the pressure. The crossing legs thing is irrelevant in this case, and the technique was pretty flawless on both sides. Verdum can't really do much to make Vinny lie flat and it's almost impossible to scoop that shoulder past the fulcrum of maximum leverage to get the tap. It's a case of "almost, but microscopic details make all the difference." Great job by both guys.

Palhares is a moron. I can't stand him because he disrespects this opponents and the sport by not adhering to the tap out. That said, I thought this was a little blown out of proportion based on his reputation. It's hard to feel a tap when you are spinning into a heel hook, and they don't pay much attention to bounds - that is what the ref is for. The danger of leg locks is that if you DON'T get it, you leave yourself in a bad position. So the mentality is - get is quick! He was going for the kneebar after the re-start knowing his opponent was going to be trying to spin out, and although he cranked too hard (asshole), he let go very quickly. The assholishness comes from his cranking with much more force than necessary to acquire that tap.

As far as Palhares opponent not shaking his hand, it's probably because he also felt that the force was excessive - especially with a kneebar. Heel hooks and kneebars are especially frowned upon in BJJ competitions because of the potential for permanent injury. It's almost a "dirty" move, and many competitions forbid them to avoid injury to the competitors. This is an example of why.
Onan- October 20, 2011 at 6:04 am
Yeah, yeah all that's well and good but what I want to know is how that beast Palhares weighs less than 200lbs? He looks to be at least 180 from the waist up alone.
Redping- October 20, 2011 at 4:35 am
Doesn't 'toquihno' literally translate to 'fire hydrant'? Maybe his friends didn't give him that nickname because he resembled one physically, but rather mentally
HipHopHieronymus- October 20, 2011 at 3:50 am
Damage from the armbar comes from the hips, and Vinny was on his side so Werdum couldn't get his hips underneath the arm to break it.
Todd M- October 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm
@ Danga, nice stump joke, but really you've got to HAND it to the guy he would give an ARM and a LEG to win a fight.
Irishwolfhound491- October 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm
Despite one of the most awesome and americanized nicknames ever I've never really liked Paul Harris from the first extra torque of his in the UFC and it just seems like more and more of this type of stuff is coming out. If it happens once it might be an accident or translation error, but this is what the third or fourth recorded incident?
zhmmpp- October 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm
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myklhoey- October 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm
I hate palhairs i have no respect for fighters who dont honor the tappout or ref stoppage.
These dudes fight for a livin and hav familys i freakin hate that crap, its why i had no love for the graice family rhose piece of shits held locks long after tapps and even stepped on opponents afta matches .
I no its a double stamdard but i like to see theses guys who do it get hurt and hurt bad
Xanderschultz- October 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm
I was training at AKA a little while ago and Camarillo has been coaching finishing armbars w/ locked legs as well. I've been at a few gyms though and typically it's not taught like that. I think the logic is your giving up some of the leverage of a typical kneebar in exchange for making it a lot tougher to escape from
Kimbos Bread- October 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm
From the looks of it, Avellan was the one playing dirty. If I am not mistaken (which happens from time to time), Palhares subed the guy clean, but he denied tapping. Avellan refused to act like the fight ended and wanted a re-position. Palhares then re-did the sub made made sure Avellan has a permanent limp as a reward.
rngeorgeh- October 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Vinny vs Rousimar... the guy with Gumby like flexibility vs the guy who never stops cranking the sub!

Props to Vinny. Palhares is a douche bag who should be banned from all competition. He pulls the same crap time after time and then seems to be clueless as to what's going on. 'nuff said.
SocraticMethod- October 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm
At the end when Avellen won't shake Palhares' hand, does anyone know if it was because he thought the heel hook was dirty, or something else? Did he think the knee bar finish was dirty for some reason? Or was it simply that he was injured and not in a lovey dovey move. The heel hook didn't look as bad as it was made out to be, although I guess he did hold on after the ref tap. But I didn't see anything wrong with the knee bar. Of course, I'm a novice, so I might just not understand what I'm looking at.
lenoz- October 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm
I can confirm that that kneebar was particularly unpleasant. Fine to watch in real time (but only cos it's the shortest amount of time Paul Harris has *ever* held onto a lock for) - certainly wouldn't want any slow motion HD replays with facial grimaces included.
elburrogrande- October 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Crossing the legs is a general no no when attempting an armbar from the bottom position. It does not apply in this case since Werdum was on top. Most likely the arm didn't break because vinny smartly turned away getting his shoulder in there.

also, Palhares did nothing wrong. Get off his case, what you didn't find enough dirt on Nick Diaz today?
MediumRare- October 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Does Palhares have Down's Syndrome?
O Chan- October 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Generally speaking, you shouldn't cross your legs when applying an armbar, however (and I'm no expert either), from my understanding there are certain scenarios where you can cross your legs depending on how your positioned on your opponent.
Maybe we should get a Gracie breakdown to explain this?
Morningwood- October 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm
damn it * knees together. not knew...
Morningwood- October 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm
I'm not an expert in arm bars. but, it seems to me, Werdum crossing his feet and not squeezing his knew together certainly helped Vinny withstand the position. Is that accurate, did he do everything correctly and Vinny is just that rubbary and tough?