Emil Meek shocked the world last Saturday in Milan, Italy by knocking out the infamous submission artist Rousimar Palhares.
The Norwegian fighter was deemed to be just another victim of Palhares’ superb leg lock game at Venator FC 3, but he proved many people wrong by stopping the former UFC fighter and former WSOF welterweight champion in the first round. Unlike many fighters, who understandably opted out of fighting the controversial Palhares, Meek saw an opportunity in the match up, and actually asked to fight the Brazilian.
“Yeah, that’s right,” said Meek on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I heard from my friend Jack Hermansson that they were having trouble finding an opponent for him, and everybody is turning it down, and they try to buy opponents for him and everything. And I’m just like, ‘okay, this is a great opportunity, and I need to get on that right away.’
“So, I just jumped on it. I called Frank, the president, and asked, like, I really want to fight, and if they would let me, because he is a lot more experienced and has competed on a higher level. So, I wasn’t sure if he would take the fight or not. But, they asked Palhares’ camp, and they said yes. So, the fight was on all of a sudden.”
That night, the fight didn’t last long, as many expected, but it was the outcome that surprised the people. The 27-year-old Meek recalls the moment he knew Palhares was knocked out, sending the MMA world into shock.
“I definitely felt [it],” said Meek. “I think it was the 3rd elbow, 4th elbow, I don’t know, I felt him collapsing, and his grip around my thighs just dropped. So, I took his back, and I continued to pound him.”
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