Rousimar Palhares’ decision to keep a submission locked up on Mike Pierce after the bell sounded cost him his career in the UFC.
Now, as the reigning World Series of Fighting welterweight champion, Palhares continues to hear complaints about his submission locks.
Over the weekend, Palahres (17-6) forced Jon Fitch to tap to a kneebar. However, many believe he left the hold locked in too long once again, an idea that the Brazilian says is not true.
“I still have to deal with those critics, but I don’t understand why people try to humiliate me like that,” said Palhares, in an interview with MMAFighting.com. “I just go inside the cage to try to be the best I can be. I don’t hold submissions.”
Palhares pointed to others, such as Ronda Rousey, who continually earn fights via submissions.
“In this sport, you won’t survive if you don’t lock the position really tight,” he said. “I believe I did what I should have done to win. I didn’t do anything wrong.
“They are trying to humiliate me because I submit people, or for other reasons I don’t know.”
All three of Palhares’ recent submission wins have come within the first two minutes of the opening round. Overall, 14 of his 17 career wins have been submissions.
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