Chances are in a few days all the discussion regarding what Rousimar Palhares did at UFC Fight Night 29 to earn a UFC ban will have died down significantly, after the fighter has been blasted by critics for several days. Of course, during that time his manager Alex Davis has rallied to the defence of Palhares, by saying the 33 year-old is a kind and humble person who doesn’t set out to hurt anyone.
Now, in a follow up editorial Davis wrote for MMA Junkie.com, the experienced manager argued that the media and others have gone too far in their condemnation of Palhares. Here is some of what Davis had to say about the situation in the lengthy article:
I’m not defending Rousimar’s actions. He did wrong in holding Mike Pierce’s ankle that long. But this situation is being way over blown. Rousimar has already been punished. He was denied an obvious “Submission of the Night” bonus, and he was given a four-month suspension by the CABMMA. But this guy is being crucified in the court of public opinion and turned into something he is not: a mean, monstrous person who is out to hurt people. This is simply not the truth.
Next thing that will happen, is that Rousimar – through a simple, crazy media frenzy – will become such a monster that parents will tell their kids at home, “Behave, or Rousimar Palhares will come and get you.”
Come on! This has turned into one of the biggest bashing sessions in MMA history. People are gaining media at this guy’s expense; that’s whats happening.
If it turns out Pierce is seriously injured and can’t fight for some time, then Palhares could be in for another round of criticism. Davis also said that the fighter is already garnering interest from other promotions. That’s not surprising considering Palhares’ lengthy run in the UFC.
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