Rousimar Palhares - The MMA Monster

Rousimar Palhares - The MMA Monster

1. Rousimar Palhares’s Details

Rousimar Palhares’s Details

Name Rousimar Palhares
Nickname Toquinho (Little Tree Stump)
Born Dores do Indaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of Birth February 20, 1980
Weight Division Welterweight
(77.11KG/ 170LBS)
Last Weight-in 78.8 Kg/ 173.9lbs
Height 5’8’’
Disclosed Career Earnings USD 287,000
Rank  Black Belt
Pro MMA Record 19-12-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Last MMA Fight 16 December 2022, ACA
Favorite Position Heel Hook
Head Coach Murilo Bustamante and Bebeo Duarte.
University N/A
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Murilo Bustamante > Rousimar Palhares
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Association Team Nogueira

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2. Rousimar Palhares’s Biography

Rousimar Palhares is an elite BJJ black belt under Murilo Bustamante, Bebeo Duarte, and a professional MMA fighter. He has been an enthusiastic competitor since 2005. He won the Brazilian ADCC Trials on his purple belt and then began his career in MMA. Throughout his MMA career, he has competed against top wrestlers, winning via submission. Palhares is primarily known for his powerful leg locks. He was awarded the titles of Submission of the Night two times and the World Series of Fighting Championship once. Palhares is married and also has two children.

2.1. Rousimar Palhares’s Early Life

Rousimar Palhares was born on February 20, 1980, in a small town, Dores do Indaiá, in the interior region of Minas Gerais, Brazil. His parents were separated when he was a child, and he moved to Santo Antonio de Monte with his mother. Palhares was born into a low-income family with nine siblings, so he dropped out of school and started working in fields near his house to support his family. He used to care for the cows, build fences, unload cement trucks, and collect sand and junk. He often stated that there were times when they didn’t have anything to eat or drink. He used to watch wrestling competitions on television and was attracted to it. At the age of 15, he decided to pursue his career in fighting and joined jiu-jitsu training under BJJ black belt grappler Iran Brasileiro from Pantera Negra gym. He competed in a few local fighting competitions from the Pantera Negra gym and realized that he had the potential to become a professional athlete at the international level. So he borrowed 170 dollars from one of his friends and moved to Rio de Janeiro to follow his dream.

In one of his interviews, he said:

“I love what I do. I feel pressure doing what I do every day. I think the best place for me is to be on mats. I spend my whole day working out”.

2.2. Rousimar Palhares’s BJJ Journey

After moving to Rio de Janeiro, Palhares went to Brazil's Top Team Academy. He got the address from magazines and started training there. But as he didn’t have much money, he used to sleep at bus stops and fast to save money for food. When his gym owners find out about it, they shelter him. Palhares was promoted to blue and purple belt. At Purple Belt, he competed in the Brazilan ADCC Championship and won against top fighter Rumalo Barral. Still, unfortunately, due to his visa denial, he didn’t get a chance to compete in the finals.

This win made him one of BJJ's rising stars. On December 20, 2007, Palhares was promoted to BJJ black belt under Murilo Bustamante and Bebeo Duarte. They thought that Palhares was one of the naturally gifted grapplers of today’s world. 2011, Palhares traveled to the United States for his first professional match outside Brazil. Particularly well-known for his proficiency with heel hooks and knee bars, he placed second in the ADCC at 88 kg after using leg locks to defeat his first three opponents before falling short against Andre Galvao on points.

“BJJ is like life. You have got to live it, practice it, and love it. And like life, you will go through adversity no matter how you do it and how hard you work”.

2.3. Rousimar Palhares’s MMA Fights

Rousimar Palhares always wanted to compete in wrestling. While competing in BJJ fights, he also appeared in MMA bouts. After winning multiple national grappling fights, Palhares went to the USA for the UFC 84 bout for the first time, which he won via submission. Palhares has competed against some top MMA fighters, namely Dan Miller, Mike Pierce, Alan Belcher, Jeremy Horn, and Mike Pierce, winning titles such as Submission of the Night and Third Most Submission Wins in the UFC Middleweight Division.

In 2013, Palhares competed with Mike Pierce at the UFC Fight Night. After the fight, he was subsequently released from the UFC for not letting go of the submission when the referee stopped the fight. Palhares then debuted at the World Series of Fighting in 2014 against Steve Carl and won the WSOF Welterweight Championship trophy title. Again, in 2015, he was released from WSOF due to a violation of the rules. He then fought in various Italian, Polish, and Russian private bouts.

2.4. Rousimar Palhares’s Professional Record

Rousimar Palhares is a powerful BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts athlete. Palhares has a MMA record of 19 wins with 12 losses. His majority wins are via submitting his opponents with his favorite techniques, heel hook, and kneebar.

“To excel at the highest level - or any level - you need to believe in yourself and start by building a better you. One of the most significant contributors to my self-confidence has been private workouts”.

2.5. Rousimar Palhares’s Coaching Career

The legendary MMA fighter Rousimar Palhares shared his favorite jiu-jitsu positions, heel hooks, kneebars, and straight ankle locks to young athletes by conducting live sessions and seminars. After hard work and dedication, he has recently opened his training center, Palhares Jiu-Jitsu Team, for martial arts and prepared his team. Palhares also teaches martial arts to his son in his academy.

‘I managed to achieve it. I've had many good opportunities in my life, but my feet on the ground, and the seriousness I take with my work, made me wait for the most suitable moment to have my own training center and my team’.

3. Rousimar Palhares’s Historic Fights

3.1. Rousimar Palhares vs Jake Sheilds

In the 2015 WSOF 22, Rousimar Palhares competed against Jake Sheilds. The about began with a leg lock by Sheilds and a kneebar against the master of leg locks, Palhares. Palhares released himself by punching his opponent till he bleeds. The fight continued, and Palhares won the bout via Kimura.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2015 WSOF 22 Jake Sheilds Win Kimura Welterweight

3.2. Rousmiar Palhares vs Emil Meek

In the 2016 Venator FC 3, an aggressive match was held between Rousimar Palhares and Emil Meek. The bout lasted for just 45 seconds, and Meek won by punches.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2016 Venator FC 3 Emil Meek Loss KO Welterweight

3.3. Rousimar Palhares vs Jon Fitch

In the 2014 WSOF 16, an exciting grappling fight occurred between Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch. Both the wrestlers started the bout with punches. Palhares then uses his favorite technique, kneebar, to drag down his opponent and win the fight, getting his opponent injured.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2014 WSOF 16 Jon Fitch Win Kneebar Welterweight

3.4. Rousimar Palhares vs Michal Materla

Materla makes his first move by punching Palhares, but Palhares gets on the floor, and his opponent submits him via triangle hold to an armlock. Palhares managed to release himself, and bout continued with punching and kicking by both fighters. Round 2 again began with punches and elbows. Materla beat Palhares with punches and won the fight via Knockout.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2016 KSW 36: Materla vs. Palhares Michal Materla Loss KO Middleweight

4. Rousimar Palhares’s Accomplishments

4.1. Rousimar Palhares’s BJJ Accomplishments

Year Event Position Weight
2005 ADCC Brazilian Trials 1st place 88KG
2011 ADCC 2nd place 88KG

4.2. Rousimar Palhares’s MMA Accomplishments

Year Event Title Weight
2008 Ufc 84 Submission of the Night Middleweight
2012  UFC 142 Submission of the Night Middleweight
2014 WSOF 9 WSOF Welterweight Champion Welterweight

5. Rousimar Palhares’s BJJ Professional Breakdown

11 matches 4 wins 6 losses
By points 0 3
By advantages 0 0
By submission 4 0
By decision 0 3
By penalties 0 0
Draw 1

5.1. Methods of Submission

Methods 4 Wins 0 Loss
Heel Hook 3 0
Foot lock 1 0

6. Rousimar Palhares’s MMA Professional Breakdown

32 matches 19 wins 12 losses
By Knockout 0 9
By submission 16 0
By decision 3 3
By penalties 0 0
Draw 1

6.1. Methods of Submission

Methods 16 Wins 0 Loss
Heel hook 8 0
Kimura 1 0
Kneebar 2 0
Inverted heel hook 2 0
Armbar 2 0
RNC 1 0

7. Rousimar Palhares’s BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Unknown W Footlock ADCC Trials 88KG 4F 2007
Tarsis Humphreys L Points ADCC Trials 88KG 4F 2007
Dan Schon W Heel Hook ADCC 88KG R1 2011
David Avellan W Heel hook ADCC 88KG 4F 2011
Rafael Lovato W Heel hook ADCC 88KG SF 2011
Andre Galvao L Pts: 9x4 ADCC 88KG F 2011
Garry Tonon D --- Polaris 3 82KG SPF 2016
Craig Jones L Referee Decision Kasai Pro 3 ABS SPF 2018
Gordon Ryan L Referee Decision World Festival ABS SPF 2019
William Tackett L Pts: 9x0 BJJ Bet 88KG 4F 2021
Eldar Saydiov L Referee Decision FSA NA SPF 2023

8. Rousimar Palhares’s MMA Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Year Round
Anatoliy Boyko L TKO (punches) ACA 149: Vagaev vs Slipenko Welterweight 2022 1
Ibragim Magomedov L TKO (punches) ACA 140: Ramos vs. Reznikov Middleweight 2022 1
Georgy Kichigin L KO (punches) Russian Cagefighting Championship 5 Welterweight  2018 1
Aliaskhab Khizriev L KO (punches) Fight Nights Global 85: Alikhanov vs. Kopylov Welterweight 2018 1
Shamil Amirov D Draw (overturned) Fight Nights Global 73: Aliev vs. Brandão Welterweight 2017 3
Aleksei Ivanov W Submission (heel hook) Fight Nights Global 70: Palhares vs. Ivanov Welterweight 2017 1
Michał Materla L KO (punches) KSW 36: Materla vs. Palhares Middleweight 2016 2
Emil Weber Meek L KO (punches and elbows)  
Venator FC 3
2016 1
Jake Shields W Submission (kimura) WSOF 22 Welterweight 2015 3
Jon Fitch W Submission (kneebar) WSOF 16 Welterweight 2014 1
Steve Carl W Submission (inverted heel hook) WSOF 9 Welterweight 2014 1
Mike Pierce W Submission (heel hook) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields Welterweight 2013 1
Héctor Lombard L KO (punches) UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson Middleweight 2012 1
Alan Belcher L TKO (punches and elbows) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller Middleweight 2012 1
Mike Massenzio W Submission (heel hook) UFC 142 Middleweight 2012 1
Dan Miller W Decision (unanimous) UFC 134 Middleweight 2011 3
David Branch W Submission (kneebar) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann Middleweight 2011 2
Nate Marquardt L TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares Middleweight 2010 1
Tomasz Drwal W Submission (heel hook) UFC 111 Middleweight 2010 1
Lucio Linhares W Submission (heel hook) UFC 107 Middleweight 2009 2
Jeremy Horn W Decision (unanimous) UFC 93 Middleweight 2009 3
Dan Henderson L Decision (unanimous) UFC 88 Middleweight 2008 3
Ivan Salaverry W Submission (armbar) UFC 84 Middleweight May 24, 2008 1
Daniel Acacio W Submission (heel hook) Fury FC 5: Final Conflict Middleweight 2007 1
Fabio Nascimento W Submission (heel hook) Fury FC 5: Final Conflict Middleweight 2007 1
Flavio Luiz Moura W Submission (inverted heel hook) Fury FC 4: High Voltage Middleweight 2007 1
Helio Dipp W Submission (rear naked choke) Floripa Fight 3 Middleweight 2007 1
Claudio Mattos W Submission (heel hook) Storm Samurai 12 Middleweight 2006 1
Arthur Cesar Jacintho L Decision (majority) Rio MMA Challenger 2 Middleweight  2006 3
Renan Moraes W Submission (armbar) Gold Fighters Championship 1 Middleweight 2006 1
Bruno Bastos W Decision (split) Floripa Fight 2 Middleweight 2006 3
Leandro Silva L Decision (unanimous) Banni Fight Combat 2 Middleweight 2004 3

9. Rousimar Palhares’s Top Fights

Georgy "Knight" Kichigin (Russia) vs Rousimar Palhares (Brazil) | KNOCKOUT, MMA fight HD

Rousimar Palhares vs Steve Carl (Welterweight Title Bout) | WSOF 9, 2014

Rousimar Palhares vs Aliaskhab Khizriev

Fight of Alan 'The Talent' Belcher Rousimar 'Toquinho' Palhares

Photo Credit: @toquinhomma

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