The main event between Rousimar Palhares and Nate Marquardt Wednesday at “UFC Fight Night 22” was a brief and inauspicious one. Although Marquardt violently brought the scrap to a conclusion, he was put in that position when the Brazilian erroneously accused him of greasing his ankle.
“I’m very sorry for the accusations I made,” Palhares told MMAjunkie.com. “Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I’m very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight.”
Murilo Bustamante, Palhares’ head trainer at Brazilian Top Team, suggested Palhares should have addressed it after the 1stRound or during a definitive lull in action if he felt the former top contender applied a greasing agent.
“He should have never stopped,” Bustamante said. “Nate won fair and square and did exactly what he should have. Rousimar knows it’s imperative to protect yourself at all times, and he failed to do that.”
Furthermore, the grappler’s manager, Alex Davis, believes his client allowed past experiences to cloud his judgment last night in Texas. Unfortunately, he let it happen on the biggest night of his life.
“Rousimar has had to deal with opponents greasing before,” Davis revealed. “I truly believe it’s turned into a paranoia for him. When Nate’s leg slipped out so quickly, Rousimar froze. You could tell he was just thinking, ‘Here we go again.’
“But I looked at Nate’s legs myself. The commission checked them out, too. There was certainly no grease there. It was our error, and we owe Nate an apology, as well as Greg Jackson and the rest of his coaches and team.”
As expected, the always-classy Marquardt immediately accepted the apology and already has his sights set on regaining his top contender status.