May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Alan Belcher (right) fights Rousimar Palhares in a middleweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Alan Belcher won by technical knock out in the first round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
I'm glad I wasn't the guy tasked with giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight submission master Rousimar Palhares doesn't want to sound like he's making excuses -- BUT -- he was too sick to pull out the win against Alan Belcher at the UFC on FOX 3 event earlier this month in New Jersey.
"Toquinho" elaborates to Tatame.com:
"I couldn’t do anything, I was too sick. I don’t really wanna talk about it so it doesn’t sound like an excuse and I’m not taking back his credits. That’s only going to strengthen me and I’ll become a champion. When you get it (the submission), you gotta really get it. I tried to repeat it, but I was gassing off, I was not strong enough. It wasn’t my day, literally. I was dead, I couldn’t move. My plan now is to train and never step up on the ring like I did this time. I was trying to jump and scream to see if I had any energy left, but I couldn’t do it."
Belcher was fearless in his attack, mixing it up with the heavy-handed heel-hooker and emerging with all his limbs intact. "The Talent" put a stamp on his emphatic win as well, pounding out the Brazilian brute via first round technical knockout.