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Rousimar Palhares ‘hated’ grappling loss to Craig Jones: ‘One of the worst matches of my life’

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Rousimar Palhares’ bulk figure was not enough to defeat Craig Jones at Kasai Pro 3, on August 18. Although the Brazilian outweighed his opponent by 18 pounds, he was still unable to have his away against Jones, and lost the grappling bout due to an accumulation of penalties.

‘Toquinho’ explained to MMA Fighting that the match was one of the worst ones he’s ever had, especially because the bout ended up being a stalemate for the most part.

“I really hated the match because I didn’t show anything and didn’t let him do anything,” he said. “I’ll tell you the truth, it was one of the worst matches of my life. I was pissed off with my performance.”

Furthermore, Palhares explained he wasn’t entirely aware of the event’s rules, which is why he was penalized to the point of losing the match. The 38-year-old, who claimed to be open for a rematch, said the referee didn’t start handing out penalties until late into the fight, which Toquinho deemed to be unfair.

“The referee said I had to go to his guard or I would get a penalty. If you’re going to give penalties, you have to give to both because he was sitting on the mat without touching me.”

A leglock specialist, Rousimar Palhares fought in the UFC from 2008 to 2013, but ended up being released from the promotion after repeatedly holding on to submissions for too long. He was also the World Series of Fighting welterweight champion from March 2014 to to August 2015.


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