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Bustamante Says Palhares Hurt Sparring Partners “Often”

Kelsey Mowatt

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Rousimar Palhares may have won his welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night 29, but as a result of the controversial heel hook he used to tap Mike Pierce, his career’s at a new low. Not only has Palhares been banned by the UFC, but now his former coach and training partner is piling on more stories about alleged unsportsmanlike behaviour.

In a follow up report from Fighters Only , renowned trainer and former UFC champ Murilo Bustamante claims that Palhares consistently injured teammates during his time with Brazilian Top Team. The 47 year-old Bustamante said ordinarily he wouldn’t relay what went down within the BTT camp, but because Palhares has apparently been talking “bulls–t” about the team, well, here we go.

“I can say this – nobody ever defended him as much as I did every time he made a mistake like this. In the beginning I thought it was because he was naive or had too much nervous energy during the fights.

“But then he caused a lot of incidents inside my academy during his camps and I changed my mind.

“I got tired of seeing how he hurts people so often when he is sparring, especially when he has a fight coming up. We used to argue every time it happened, so we argued a lot.”

Bustamante also claims that he hired a psychologist to help Palhares, but that it “didn’t work.” Palhares no longer trains with BTT and currently trains with Team Nogueira

Since the now infamous incident, Palhares has claimed he didn’t intend to hurt Pierce, and his manager Alex Davis has said the fighter is a “well meaning person.” Davis also says Palhares no longer hurts sparring partners in training.

Chances are Pierce doesn’t take much comfort in that.

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