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Rousimar Palhares complains about illegal strikes in quick knockout loss

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Rousimar Palhares was stopped in 45 seconds in his first loss since 2012, and he is still upset with the finish.

Fighting outside of World Series of Fighting for the first time after being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission in 2015, “Toquinho” met Emil Meek for the inaugural Venator FC welterweight title on May 21. It ended up with Palhares knocked out in under a minute.

Palhares, who had a perfect four-fight submission streak as a welterweight snapped in Italy, shot for a single leg early in the fight. Meek countered with vicious elbows that put the grappling expert unconscious, and “Toquinho” complains that his opponent hit the back of his head.

“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,” Palhares told MMA Fighting. “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.”

Palhares went to a hospital in Milan after the fight, and will visit his doctor again in Rio de Janeiro.

“I didn’t say anything (after the fight) because I was off, but my coaches saw and complained, but nobody did anything,” he said. “They just sent me to the hospital for observation, to make sure everything was alright with my brain. I stayed there for 12 hours and then they let me go, and asked me to do another MRI ….View full article

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