Renzo Gracie believes fighters are in the “fight business” and defended Rousimar Palhares recently on Twitter.

Palhares, of course, was released by the UFC after failing to break a submission hold vs. Mike Pierce at an event in Brazil. He was denied the “Submission of the Night” bonus and cut just days later.

“We are in a fight business,” Gracie wrote. “If we will begin a witch hunt the intensity of our sport will be gone. We are suppose to get hurt.”

Gracie and Palhares had a brief exchange on the social media site, as “Toquinho” wrote “thanks for the words master, I have been crucified as a bad character, a person of evil.”

Gracie stated “it’s not his character… It’s his intentions. He wasn’t looking to intentionally hurt his opponent.”

Gracie, 42 years old, last competed in 2010, falling to Matt Hughes.