Rousimar Palhares claims he got hit by illegal strikes in TKO loss at Venator FC 3

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

“What went wrong in the fight is that I was hit with illegal elbows in the back of the head and couldn’t see anything next. When I was hit, I went out. I couldn’t even understand what happened. I kept asking my corners what happened, because I felt a strike in the back of my head and then I just saw the referee in front of me, and felt the pain in the back of my head. I was upset because I didn’t fight and they let him continue after the first strike in the back of the head. I wasn’t in the fight anymore after it… It would be devastating to become paralyzed because of an infraction like that. I feel dizzy sometimes, but I’m happy I’m walking. I’m afraid of this MRI results. About getting the fight overturned, honestly, I’m not worried right now. I just want to be as healthy as I was when I got there. We’ll think about it later. I will only know my next step after I get the MRI done because sometimes I feel I’m going to black out. I feel dizzy when I look down. I’m not used to getting hit in the back of the head. I don’t blame the guy that fought me, but the referee shouldn’t let it continue. I’m strong, you know, and I still went out. Imagine if it’s someone else, someone not well prepared as I am? People could die.”

-Rousimar Palhares complains about his loss to Emil Weber Meek at Venator FC 3 in an interview with

Penick’s Analysis: It’s real rich to have Palhares complaining about illegal blows. The man on suspension because he continued hurting fighters in fight after fight with illegal blows himself, who wrenched extremely dangerous limb holds to the point he did serious damage, is now trying to suggest he came close to being paralyzed (he didn’t) to illegal blows (they weren’t). I suppose this shouldn’t be surprising, because Palhares has proven himself to be nothing if not completely self-unaware. Asinine.

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