Palhares: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’
Last weekend Rousimar Palhares successfully defended the WSOF title in a match against Jon Fitch via submission (knee bar) in the first round. After the match many wondered whether he kept his opponent in submission for too long.
It was obvious how painful it was by the look on the Fitch’s face who tapped out nine times, but Palhares did not release him until the referee stopped the match.
"I still have to deal with those critics, but I don’t understand why people try to humiliate me like that," Palhares told MMAFighting.com. "I just go inside the cage to try to be the best I can be. I don’t hold submissions. You can see fighters punching opponents two or three times after they are already knocked out," he continued. "For an example, see for how long Ronda Rousey holds her armbars. I don’t think she’s wrong. In this sport, you won’t survive if you don’t lock the position really tight. I believe I did what I should have done to win. I didn’t do anything wrong. They are just trying to humiliate me because I submit people, or for other reasons I don’t know."