Palhares verbal protest in the cage gave Marquardt an opening to finish the fight and he took it.
Brazilian Top Team head trainer Murilo Bustamante,
“He should have never stopped…Nate won fair and square and did exactly what he should have. Rousimar knows it’s imperative to protect yourself at all times, and he failed to do that.”
Palhares manager Alex Davis sums up last nights mistake to past experiences and paranoia,
“Rousimar has had to deal with opponents greasing before … I truly believe it’s turned into a paranoia for him. When Nate’s leg slipped out so quickly, Rousimar froze. You could tell he was just thinking, ‘Here we go again.’
“But I looked at Nate’s legs myself. The commission checked them out, too. There was certainly no grease there. It was our error, and we owe Nate an apology, as well as Greg Jackson and the rest of his coaches and team.”