Rousimar Palhares was clearly on his bicycle during his fight against Hector Lombard, which kicked off the UFC on FX 6: "Smashes" main card last Friday night (Dec. 14, 2012) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia.
Turns out he was pedaling with a broken foot.
"Toquinho" unloaded a powerful leg kick early in the fight, landing flush against the "Lightning" limb and shattering his foot in the process. From that point on, he was reduced to hobbling around the cage until Lombard was able to shut off the lights.
The Brazilian explains his "ligament damage and broken bones" in a statement to MMA Junkie:
"During the fight, my kick was working well. But soon in the first round, one of my kicks hit Lombard's shin below his knee. I heard a snap, and I knew something bad happened. From that moment on, I [started] feeling my foot more and more numb and without strength to walk around the octagon. It was a very complicated situation. I went through something similar in the fight against Jeremy Horn when I broke my hand during the fight."
See the pic here.
After stringing together three straight wins with two submissions, Palhares (14-5) has now dropped consecutive contests, both by technical knockout. Before Lombard did him dirty "down under," Alan Belcher pounded him out last May in New Jersey.
Lombard, meanwhile, moves on to bigger and better things within the division.
See more on last weekend's UFC on FX 6: "Smashes" fight between Lombard and Palhares in our comprehensive fight review and analysis here.