Rousimar Palhares has apologized to Nate Marquardt for accusing him of greasing during their fight in last night’s UFC Fight Night 22 main event.
“I’m very sorry for the accusations I made. Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I’m very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight.
“I congratulate Nate on his win. I learned another lesson for my career in the fight, and I apologize to Nate, his team and the UFC for any issues I contributed to.
“Nate is not a dirty fighter, and I was wrong to accuse him of cheating in any way.”
Members of Palhares camp said they checked out Nate’s legs and confirmed there was no grease. They apologized to Marquardt, his coach Greg Jackson and the rest of their camp for the misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, Nate Marquardt wanted to make it clear to everyone that he is not a dirty fighter.
“It’s kind of disappointing to have to try and defend yourself over something like that,” Marquardt said. “I’m not a dirty fighter, and I don’t cheat. I don’t grease.”
“After the fight, [Palhares] was complaining,” Marquardt said. “He thought I had something slippery on my legs. The referee, Herb Dean, wiped my legs with a paper towel. He said he was going to wait for the sweat to dry, and then if there was grease left over, it would leave a mark. There was nothing left over.
“Also, the commissioner came over and with his bare hand checked my legs and said that I was good to go.”
“Basically, I believe what happened was I had a good sweat going before the fight,” Marquardt said. “He felt as I turned out of the ankle lock that it slipped a little bit, and he felt that I had greased or something, so I’m sure he was a little upset.
“I was very excited for the win, but that kind of took a little bit of it out of it for me.”
UFC Fight Night 22 post-fight press conference highlights via Heavy.com