"He likes to work on the clinch, closer to the fence, and sometimes he goes for a takedown. Many people believe he won’t try to take me down, but I’m training for everything. I’m working on things that have to be worked on. I’m letting my sparring partners work on the fence so I have to defend myself. I like to work this way so I’m forced to evolve."
There’s no question Rousimar Palhares was a serious threat at 185 pounds based on his aggressive, yet technically sound, approach to attacking on the ground. However, while the stocky submission-specialist tapped out some tough opponents during his run at middleweight, he was never able to take his game to the next level and struggled to succeed against upper-echelon adversaries. After losing back-to-back bouts, “Toquinho” decided to drop down to welterweight, making his divisional debut in a few days at UFC Fight Night 29 where he’ll meet Mike Pierce. Palhares recently spoke with MMAFighting about the match-up, also offering his takes on a recent suspension for an elevated testosterone level, seeing a sports psychologist, and more. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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