Rousimar Palhares picked up his third straight victory last in night on the main card of UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes in Rio, and he did so in classic Toquinho fashion.
The often unpredictable submission specialist is known for his leg locks and that’s exactly how he submitted Mike Massenzio in the first round of their middleweight tilt. The short, stocky and heavily-muscled Brazilian closed the distance and pulled guard, slapping on a heel hook and forcing Massenzio to tap, all in quick succession.
The victory earned Palhares a $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus, which, combined with the fact that he won on home soil, made for a pretty solid evening for the Tree Stump
“What a great victory! It’s what I always say when I get in there…if it’s God’s will then it is God’s will. I went in there and got it done. I like submissions and I got another one tonight,” he said.
For Massenzio, who clutched his leg in defeat, the loss makes him 1-2 in his second stint with the UFC.
“That’s a world-class athlete who was the better fighter tonight,” said Massenzio. “I had the best camp of my career. I just got stuck. It wasn’t my night. I’m really disappointed.”
UFC 142 went down at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro; for full results from the event, click here.