Rousimar Palhares made a brief statement on his official Twitter page in regards to the controversy surrounding his submission win over Mike Pierce Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29.
Palhares scored a win in his welterweight debut, locking in a heel hook on Pierce just seconds into their battle. However, it appeared as if “Toquinho” failed to break the hold when Pierce tapped and left it on as the referee worked to separate them.
“I always respect the UFC decisions, but most I respect a lot Mike Pierce,” Palhares posted on Twitter early Thursday morning. “So again, I never meant to hurt him, just finish the fight.”
Palhares has been called out before for his decision to hold submissions after the tap. He was denied the “Submission of the Night” bonus by the UFC and is under review by the Brazilian commission.
He added to his post, saying “I never meant to hurt anyone, as a jiu-jitsu fighter I always seek for the submission, but I would never be evil to any athlete.”