UFC Quick Quote: Rousimar Palhares considering a move to the welterweight division

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Could Rousimar Palhares be on his way to the welterweight division? "Toquinho" says it's possible, but he doesn't want to make any hasty decisions.

"My desire to get down to the welterweight division is great, but I don't want to make a hasty decision ... I will only really do it if my body's response is positive. I'm doing a fully integrated work of nutrition, fitness, supplementation and orthomolecular medicine. I'm with a very good team taking care of me."

-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Rousimar Palhares is currently in the midst of serving a nine-month suspension for elevated testosterone levels, but when his times comes to return there is a good chance "Toquinho" will compete at a new weight class. Palhares sent out a press release (via Gracie Mag) stating he has the "desire" to drop to the welterweight division after fighting his first 19 professional bouts at 185-pounds. Standing at just 5'8", Palhares is one of the shortest fighters in the middleweight division and being at a height --and probably weight-- disadvantage in essentially every fight may no longer be in his best interest. Having lost back-to-back fights to Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard, the Brazilian needs to rejuvenate his career and, like most fighters, Palhares seems to believe shifting weight classes is the answer.

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