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Toko just naive, Toko just have big heart

Camps have been contacted and responses drafted to explain Rousimar Palhares’ embarrassing premature exhilaration incident halfway through the first round against Dan Miller at UFC 134. First, Paul Harris’ camp:

“Just to clarify what happened during Toquinho’s fight,” Bustamante wrote on his personal Twitter account, “he told me that he stopped because his opponent said ‘stop, stop’ when he was punching him hard. Then, he stopped [hitting] him and thought that the fight was over and went to celebrate. Who can say now that ‘Toko’ isn’t a fair fighter? He is just too naive, but he has a big heart.”

Meanwhile, in reality land:

“Dan assures me he did not say a word during that exchange,” Constantino wrote in an email to “Needless to say that with the loud crowd, the language barrier, the adrenaline rush and every other factor involved — including ‘do not stop until the ref pulls you off’ — I do not believe that Toquinho pulled up because of Dan murmuring ‘stop, stop.’ The fact remains that Dan Miller did not say ‘stop, stop’ — there is no need to argue the toughness and mettle of Dan Miller, however I just have to put the facts on the table after hearing this.”

Meanwhile, Miller went back into that fight to take an even worse beating in the second and somehow managed not to cry uncle out while Rousimar was jackhammering his skull into the mat for five straight minutes. So what to beleive? That Palhares heard Dan say something or he just got overly excited and saw Herb Dean from the corner of his eye? Herb had gotten into “I’m about to stop the fight” position, with his knee right in there. Now all we need to do is find out what Palhares’ excuse for all the cage grabbing was. He thought cheating was allowed in Brazil?

(pic via Heavy’s great UFC 134 gallery)

  • agentsmith

    Goddamn that looks like it hurts.

  • Symbul

    It’s tough when you’re Toquinho. First they tell him he has to stop when the ref tells him to, then they tell him he should probably not stop defending himself to plead with the ref when he doesn’t immediately sink a heel hook and NOW you want him to not celebrate his win until the ref says he’s won?

    Guy’s a retard. Send him back to the fucking farm, this shit is too complicated.

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    Even though he won 30-27 and taking a point would seem like pissing in the wind, they should have had Herb Dean take his hand, shame him, and then at the end have Bruce Buffer call out 29-27.

    The guy needs to fucking learn.

  • Letibleu

    I would have taken a point away from him for grabbing the fence like it was his crotch with crabs.

    First he stops too late. Then he tries to take a break. Now he stops too early. Lets start a bet on how he will fuck up next!

    Wonder if they have PED’s he could take for brains?

    Miller is one tough monkey.

  • Letibleu

    Almost forgot, you know who else has a big heart?:

  • iamphoenix

    i need a picture of paul harris premature celebration i can’t find any i’m about to punch the internet. really hard. with my fist.

  • G Funk

    I heard Herb yell something just before the roid ball let off and thought he won. I’ve rewinded it multiple times and it’s inaudible. Prob told Miller he would stop the fight if he didn’t do something.

  • P W

    To be fair to Paul Harris, he was only warned… what, like FIVE times, to stop grabing the fence? Now, if I had stopped doing what I was doing after five measly pleads to make it stop, I’d probably still be a virgin by now!

  • Blackula Jonez

    $5 says Paul Harris is either deaf in one ear or interprets english as grunts and clicks.

  • CAP

    I think he heard Paulo Fihlo talking!