According to Tatame.com and Brazilian Top Team lead trainer Murilo Bustamante, the UFC has re-signed Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares for four fights and apparently the Brazilian submission specialist is itching to get into the cage and avenge his latest loss.
“We’ve signed a new contract for Toquinho today, he’ll fight four more times, it’s renewed and we are on the expectations to know about his next fight,” Bustamante told Tatame.
Palhares last fight went unfortunately for him, as he chose mid-fight to point out to the referee that he believed his opponent, Nate Marquardt, was greasing. Marquardt was not greasing and as soon as “Toquinho” turned to the referee Marquardt unloaded with punches and earned a TKO victory. Palhares believed Marquardt was cheating after he avoided an ankle lock attempt made by the Brazilian, and he learned firsthand two of the most important tenets of competitive martial arts: never take your eyes off of your opponent and protect yourself at all times.
Palhares has since expressed regret at making what could be perceived as a “rookie mistake” and, according to Bustamante, he is currently training harder than ever in an attempt to prepare himself for a rematch with Marquardt, which he hopes to earn.
“He’s very motivated, he know that he let the victory escape, he made a mistake, but these things happen in life, but he’s crazy to fight Nate again,” said Bustamante. “He wants this fight pretty bad and he’s training for it. Rousimar is conditioned and training every day as if he had a fight schedules. Our expectations are the best possible ones and I’m sure that Toquinho and these new guys from BTT will bring the Brazilians many reasons to be happy.”
Palhares holds a professional record of 11-3 with eight of those victories coming by way of submission, two by decision and one by knockout. His three losses have come by knockout (against Marquardt) and decision (against Dan Henderson and Arthur Cesar).