Rousimar Palhares has hit a snag in his UFC career, riding a pair of defeats and coming off a nine month suspension. He closed last year being stopped by Hector Lombard and then taking his suspension, which is a topic the Brazilian would rather forget.
“Those things are in the past,” said Palhares to MMA Fighting. “I just look to the future now. It feels great to be back. This is a whole new start for my career and I feel ready.”
In a post-fight drug test, Palhares was flagged for elevated testosterone levels. He’s 7-4 for the UFC and preparing for Mike Pierce.
Pierce has won his last four, with two going to the judges. He finished David Mitchell in his most recent appearance.
They’re on the main card of UFC Fight Night 29 this Wednesday, October 9. It airs on FOX Sports 1 and comes from Brazil’s Ginásio José Corrêa.