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Yeah, Makes Sense – Rousimar Palhares Seeing Sports Psychologist

UFC middleweight contender Rousimar Palhares is finally getting help, people. Palhares recently told MMA Fighting‘s new star Dave Doyle that he’s been seeing a sports psychologist, and that he expects it to help him Saturday night against Alan Belcher on the UFC on Fox 3 card. ”‘Yeah he’s helped me,’ Palhares said through interpreter and manager Alex David. ‘He’s helped so that when I get into a fight, I get focused on the fight and I don’t get distracted by anything else,’” Doyle reports.

Palhares has provided some of the most scarily entertaining moments in MMA in recent years. Most of those moments were nasty submissions, but a good amount have also just come from his bizarre behavior in the ring.

Let’s leave aside his cranking submissions after referees have stepped in to stop the action, as he is wont to do, and look only at his 2010 fight against Nate Marquardt and his 2011 bout against Dan Miller. Against Marquardt, Palhares stopped fighting to complain to the referee about something and was promptly TKO’d by Nate.

In the fight with Miller, Palhares dropped the Jersey fighter with a kick, followed up with some strikes on the ground and walked off in celebration, arms in the air. The only problem? The referee never stopped the fight.

Referee Herb Dean prodding Palhares to get off the top of the Octagon cage, where he was celebrating, and continue to fight Miller was one of the goofiest  most awesome things we’d seen in awhile. In fact, it was so great that we won’t even link up to it, we’ll paste it right here for you, smack dab in the middle of this post:

(Amazing, isn’t it? Props: IronForgesIron via MMAMania)

Palhares is a great fighter and is fast-rising in the 185 pound division, but dude seems a bit off. That’s a big part of why we love him.

He tells Doyle that he began working with the sports psychologist after the Miller incident and that it has helped him focus on the matter at hand while competing, instead of getting distracted. In all seriousness, good for him.

There’s no stigma attached to athletes who get psychological help anymore. Palhares is also in good company, even within the UFC – both Rashad Evans and Georges St. Pierre have spoken at length about their seeing sports psychologists.

So, if the head docs out there are going to help out our beloved “Paul Harris” focus on maiming people inside the ring, that’s fine with us. But if we stop getting crazy “hulk-up” celebrations and “what did I do?” confused looks of innocence after holding on to submissions for 36 minutes after his opponents tap-out, from Palhares, so help us, mental health community, we will never forgive you.

- Elias Cepeda

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linzhanbt- May 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm .. . . .
Anhonestmoose- May 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm
I think most of the problems with Palhares are from misunderstandings. He only has a 3rd grade education because he had to drop out and work to support his single mother, lived in a hovel until he was an adult, hell the guy didn't even have toys growing up. His problems, in my opinion, are more from him being naive/somewhat simple, than necessarily psychological. If you want to see something messed up google "mario yamasaki scolds palhares".
macreadysshack- May 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Phatdan78 punched himself repeatedly in the nuts, as he was wont to do.
Alan K- May 5, 2012 at 10:46 am
Elias, he's probably wondering what happened to the apostrophe in 'wont'. Oh English. You such a crazy language.
Elias- May 5, 2012 at 9:24 am
Phatdan, how's it coming along thus far this morning? Hanging in there, slugger?
Phatdan78- May 5, 2012 at 5:46 am
"Let’s leave aside his cranking submissions after referees have stepped in to stop the action, as he is wont to do, and look only at his 2010 fight against Nate Marquardt and his 2011 bout against Dan Miller."

I have been trying to make sense out of this sentence for 12 hours.
Elias- May 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm
Amster & Kimbo, y u guys so mean? All I wanted to do was share a website with you, believing that you would love it. Wonderful. I brought two pairs for you. Cheap, but good quality and you can go and ship with there. credit card, even, and free.
amsterdamheavy- May 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Paul Harris stopped to complain that Marquardt had grease/oil on his legs. FFS you even "corrected" that line but you didnt exactly add any detail "something"? You might as well have left it alone.
If I wrote my emails every day as bad as the articles on this site have been - Id be at the very least getting my ass chewed on by my boss for looking like an illiterate. Here it seems to be "ok" and maybe even the norm.
Elias, try running your shit through google translator, maybe it will come out better.
dffdhfd- May 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Share a website with you ,
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Believe you will love it.
credit card and f ree s hipping.
I bought two pairs. Cheap, good quality, you can go and ship with there
eatthecage- May 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm
The chain-link welt on his left tit would suggest that his pre-fight routine is to blame...
Kimbo Lesnar- May 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm
Exactly Amsterdam! I had to scroll to the bottom to see if this was was a piece of Danga's crap...
DangadaDang- May 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm
What's What's the word I'm looking for here?
amsterdamheavy- May 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm
" Against Marquardt, Palhares stopped fighting to complain to the referee about and was promptly TKO’d by Nate."

-Something missing in there.

Proofread motherfuckers. Do you do it?