It's time to find out who has the baddest heel hook of them all when mixed martial arts (MMA) villain Rousimar Palhares meets fellow ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Dean Lister at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo from Nov. 9-10 in Long Beach, California.
MMA Fighting brought word of the match-up on Tuesday.
Palhares was bounced from UFC after violating the promotion's code of conduct. Specifically, he yanked and cranked the leg of Mike Pierce -- long after he surrendered -- in their 170-pound affair at UFC Fight Night 29 earlier this month in Brazil. It was not his first instance of causing harm to his opponent.
But it was definitely his last.
Even if no other MMA promotion wants to employ him, he can still find a way to ply his trade on the grappling circuit, thanks to like-minded fighters such as World Jiu-Jitsu head cheese Renzo Gracie, who defended "Toquinho" after the hulking Brazilian was found guilty in the court of public opinion.
But he has his work cut out for him.
Lister -- who left UFC in late 2008 following a loss to Yushin Okami -- is a three-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) World Champion, submitting João Assis and Rodolfo Vieira by way of heel hook, which just so happens to be the same technique Palhares uses to terrorize his opponents.
Fight fire with fire!
That's a little over two weeks away (with no jet lag) and you can bet your bottom dollar we'll be bringing you live results of that pairing the day it happens. They have 20 minutes to battle it out, assuming it doesn't end earlier. That said, let's get some early predictions on this submission super fight.
Who ya' got?