UFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares has a reputation for targeting opponents’ legs in hopes of locking on to a limb and torquing it to the point of submission. However, it was Palhares who left with an injured foot after his most recent rumble, telling fans his performance against Hector Lombard at UFC on FX 6 was affected after he broke it in the bout.
Lombard caught wind of Palhares’ claims and, though he didn’t deny the Brazilian BJJer suffered damage as claimed, he also wanted to make it clear there shouldn’t be any sympathy for his former foe.
“‘Toquinho’ has been saying he fought with a broken foot and I just wanted to tell him that he broke his foot in the fight, and that doesn’t count. If he went into the fight with a broken foot, that’s another thing, but he went to the fight healthy and he broke his foot in the fight and that doesn’t count,” said Lombard in an interview with MMAMAnia. “Sort of like if you get KO’d in a fight, that doesn’t count. Now if you go to the fight with a concussion, it counts, but if you get KO’d in the fight, it doesn’t count.”
“He went to the fight healthy and was kicking me and I checked all his kicks with my knee and he broke his foot. That’s why I wanted everybody to reach out to me because he didn’t enter the fight with a broken foot. He got injured during the fight,” Lombard continued. “Everybody knows he was saying before this fight that the preparation for this fight was the best he ever had, that he was in the best shape of his life and there was no way he was going to lose this fight. Now he’s coming out with the excuses again.”
Also, according to Lombard, Palhares had it coming anyways.
“It’s karma. He intentionally breaks people’s foot, intentional breaks people’s arms, intentional. He knows that people tap but after people tap, he still pulls and is breaking and ripping their legs and their arms out and it’s unreal. I don’t understand. If you look at most of his fights in Abu Dhabi, the guys after they tap, he’s still breaking and ripping their legs apart. And now, I believe it’s karma for all the stuff he’s done in the past, coming back to him,” the former Bellator champion concluded.
Lombard’s knockout win over Palhares was his first in the UFC and improved his overall career mark to 32-3-1. He also exited the match-up without any injuries of his own and is aiming for a return to the Octagon in early 2013.
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