For the past few years, UFC middleweights have been brushing up on their heel hook submission defense because of the expert jiu jitsu of Rousimar Palhares. Palhares has 10 submission wins, and 7 of them are from heel hook or knee bar. Basically, if you are scheduled to fight Palhares there is a large chance that you will be leaving the octagon with crutches, or at best a limp. Hector Lombard was able to put away Palhares early in the first round with strikes at the UFC On FX 6 event that took place in Gold Coast, Australia, and in a big case of schadenfreude it was Palhares who left with a foot injury.
Palhares’s rep told MMAJunkie how he hurt his foot:
“During the fight, my kick was working well, but soon in the first round, one of my kicks hit Lombard’s shin below his knee. I heard a snap, and I knew something bad happened. From that moment on, I [started] feeling my foot more and more numb and without strength to walk around the octagon. It was a very complicated situation. I went through something similar in the fight against Jeremy Horn when I broke my hand during the fight.”
His trainer Maurillio Bustamante Commented:
“What happened, happened. He is a great athlete and will overcame to be back up. The entire team of the UFC has done a great good job since the first medical care [in] the arena of the fight. The hospital staff also made all necessary effort getting imaging tests with ‘Toquinho,’ and from then on, we started treatment immediately. His right foot is still very swollen. We still do not have prediction of when he will be able to go back training.”