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Playing the heel: 'Toquinho' doesn't train the hook, it just comes naturally

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Quoteworthy:

“I’ll tell you something, I don’t train the heel-hook that much, it comes naturally to me. Every time I’m fighting, my opponents try to hide their feet, they play on the defense, so I had to learn to catch what I could at the time.”

Muscular middleweight menace Rousimar Palhares, who bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Nate Marquardt late last year, talks about the feared leg lock submissions that have ended fifty-percent of his fights, including his March 3 tap out of Dave Branch at UFC on Versus 3 from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. "Toquinho" didn't get "Submission of the Night" thanks to Brian Bowles bizarre case of Deja Vu and the Brazilian admits to barely even training the hold. What kind of damage could we expect if he did? Is there anyone in the division who can roll with Palhares and survive? Opinions, please.

Photo courtesy of UFC.com.

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