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Rousimar Palhares

Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares

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  • Name: Rousimar Palhares
  • MMA Record: 19-9-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Toquinho
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 38 | Date of Birth: 1980.02.20
  • Last Fight: March 30, 2018 in FNR
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 173.9 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Nogueira
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $287,000 USD
  • Born: Dores do Indaiá, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Fighting out of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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    Rousimar Palhares is the 29th ranked of 970 active Russia Pro Welterweights.

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Rousimar Palhares MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO
0:58 Round 1 of 5

Ru Aliaskhab Khizriev
19-8-1 11-0-0

Ru Fight Nights Global 85
Main Card | Interim Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2018.03.30
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 173.9 lbs (78.9 kgs) | Referee: Jan Vobornik
Draw | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Shamil Amirov
19-8-0 3-0-0

Ru Fight Nights Global 73: Aliev vs. Brandão
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2017.09.04
Referee: Magomed Sultanakhmedov
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:37 Round 1 of 5

Ru Alexei Ivanov
18-8-0 10-4-0

Ru Fight Nights Global 70: Palhares vs Ivanov
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2017.07.07
Referee: Jan Vobornik
#46 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2017
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
1:27 Round 2 of 3, 6:27 Total

Pl Michał Materla
18-7-0 23-5-0

Pl KSW 36: Trzy Korony
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2016.10.01
Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs) | Referee: Tomasz Bronder | Walkout Music: Pregador Luo - Árvore de Bons Frutos
KSW 36 Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO
0:45 Round 1 of 5

No Emil Weber Meek
18-6-0 7-2-0

It Venator FC 3: Palhares vs. Meek
Main Event | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.05.21
Odds: -750 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Lorenzo Spoto
Win | Submission | Shoulder
2:02 Round 3 of 5, 12:02 Total

Us Jake Shields
17-6-0 31-7-1

Us WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2015.08.01
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($40K Base, $40K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.8 lbs (77.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#14 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:30 Round 1 of 5

Us Jon Fitch
16-6-0 26-6-1

Us WSOF 16: Palhares vs. Fitch
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2014.12.13
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.2 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Ed Collantes
#25 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
Cancelled Bout Jon Fitch WSOF 11 2014.07.05
Reason: Palhares Personal Issues
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:09 Round 1 of 5

Us Steve Carl
15-6-0 21-3-0

Us WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2014.03.29
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#11 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:31 Round 1 of 3

Us Mike Pierce
14-6-0 17-5-0

Br UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.10.09
Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#45 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:38 Round 1 of 3

Cu Hector Lombard
14-5-0 31-3-1

Au UFC on FX 6: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.12.14
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Cancelled Bout Yushin Okami UFC 150 2012.08.11
Reason: Palhares Knee Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:18 Round 1 of 3

Us Alan Belcher
14-4-0 17-6-0

Us UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.05.05
Odds: -215 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#19 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:03 Round 1 of 3

Us Mike Massenzio
13-4-0 13-5-0

Br UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.01.14
Odds: -575 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
#3 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC 142 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dan Miller
12-4-0 13-5-0

Br UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.08.27
Odds: -285 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:44 Round 2 of 3, 6:44 Total

Us Dave Branch
11-4-0 8-1-0

Us UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs Kampmann
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.03.03
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#21 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:28 Round 1 of 3

Us Nate Marquardt
11-3-0 29-9-2

Us UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.09.15
Odds: +195 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Nate Marquardt UFC 118 2010.08.28
Reason: Postponed to UFN 22
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:45 Round 1 of 3

Pl Tomasz Drwal
10-3-0 17-2-1

Us UFC 111: St-Pierre vs Hardy
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.03.27
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall | Walkout Music: Racionais MC's - V.L. (Parte II)
#16 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
#62 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Leglock
3:21 Round 2 of 3, 8:21 Total

Br Lucio Linhares
9-3-0 13-4-0

Us UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.12.12
Odds: -365 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Greg Franklin | Walkout Music: Disturbed - Down With the Sickness
Cancelled Bout Alessio Sakara UFC 101 2009.08.08
Reason: Palhares Broken Leg
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jeremy Horn
8-3-0 80-18-5

Ie UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.01.17
Odds: -426 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dan Henderson
8-2-0 22-7-0

Us UFC 88: Breakthrough
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.09.06
Odds: +173 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $7,000 Base | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:36 Round 1 of 3

Ca Ivan Salaverry
7-2-0 13-6-0

Us UFC 84: Ill Will
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.05.24
Odds: +108 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $85,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus, $75K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 84 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Leglock

Br Fabio Nascimento

Br Sao Paulo Regional

2007.12.06
Win | Submission | Leglock

Br Daniel Acácio

Br Sao Paulo Regional

2007.12.06
Win | Submission | Leglock

Br Flavio Luiz Moura

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2007.08.04
Win | Submission | Choke

Helio Dipp

Br Santa Catarina Regional

2007.03.10
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Br Claudio Mattos

Br Storm Samurai

2006.11.25
Loss | Decision | Majority

Br Arthur Cesar

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2006.06.21
Win | Submission | Armlock

Renan Moraes

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2006.05.20
Win | Decision | Split

Us Bruno Bastos

Br Santa Catarina Regional

2006.04.29
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Br Leandro Silva

Br Distrito Federal Regional

2004.05.10

Rousimar Palhares Wiki Update Wiki

Rousimar Palhares is a grappler who trains out of Team Nogueira and Brazilian Top Team. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu under former UFC Middleweight champion, Murilo Bustamante, as well as a black belt in Luta Livre, a form of submission wrestling. Of his 14 wins, 11 have been finishes with 10 submissions. He has never been submitted in an MMA fight. He has won Submission of the night honors twice in his career. He has been suspended two times while in the UFC. The first time, he held a heel hook after the referee stopped the fight against Tomasz Drwal which resulted in a 90 day suspension. He was also given a 9 month suspension following his loss to Hector Lombard for elevated testosterone levels. His nickname "toquinho" means little tree stump in Portuguese, a reference to his short, stocky frame.


After compiling a respectable professional record of 7-1 and winning the Fury FC Middleweight Championship in 2007 while fighting in his native country of Brazil, Rousimar Palhares was invited to join the UFC. After winning his debut fight with the promotion by submitting respected veteran Ivan Salaverry with an armbar in the first round, Palhares was matched up with MMA legend Dan Henderson in his sophomore effort inside the Octagon. After dropping a decision to Henderson, Palhares defeated Jeremy Horn, Lucio Linhares, and Tomasz Drwal in three consecutive bouts to reemerge as one of the most dangerous contenders in the division.


In addition to his stocky build and reportedly monstrous power, which makes it difficult for taller and lankier opponents to control him on the ground or to find their proper range on the feet, Palhares is a notoriously aggressive submission fighter, having defeated nearly half of his professional opponents with crushing leg locks.


Palhares would suffer his second UFC setback to former title challenger Nate Marquardt. During the match he was complaining to the ref that he thought Marquardt's leg was greased because he couldn't hold onto the leg lock. Marquardt took advantage and was able to ground and pound for the finish. He would win his next match with a kneebar over David Branch before another weird incident in the octagon. Palhares was facing Dan Miller and he thought the fight was over after he had hurt Miller with a high kick and was pounding away with strikes so he ran up and jumped on top of the cage in celebration. However Miller was still intelligently defending himself and referee Herb Dean never called an end to the fight so Palhares and Miller had to restart standing up. It was a strange moment and Miller was almost able to turn the match around but in the end Palhares took home a unanimous decision victory.


Rousimar's next fight would see him take out Mike Massenzio with a first round heel hook Submission of the Night victory. His next matchup was against Alan Belcher. Palhares ended up getting the fight on the ground where he wanted it and began chasing the leg lock. However, Belcher was able to battle through it and end up on top to rain down some heavy blows that put Palhares out handing him his 3rd loss in the octagon. Palhares would have his next bout on December 14, 2012 at UFC on FX 6 where he faced former Bellator Middleweight champion, Hector Lombard. Palhares would lose the bout via first round KO. This would be the first time in his career that he would suffer consecutive losses.


Palhares took on Mike Pierce in his welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night 29. He was able to finish the fight in just 31 seconds with a heel hook. The win was controversial since it appeared that he held onto the submission for a couple of seconds after the referee attempted to stop the fight. Due to his long history of rule infractions, he was released from the UFC, but was picked up by the World Series of Fighting shortly after with the understanding that his job depended on him not having any more run ins with the rules.


Palhares would receive an immediate title shot against champ Steve Carl at WSOF 9 where he would claim the belt and one more victim on his list of heel hook finishes. He would then be scheduled to face Jon Fitch a few times with the fight never materializing due to injury. He was finally slated to face Fitch at WSOF 16 for his first title defense. The fight was fairly quick with it ending in the first round due to Rousimar securing a tap out due to knee bar. Palhares is expected to face the winner of Jake Shields and Brian Foster for his second title defense. 

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