Last night (Sat., Dec. 13, 2014) was a quick night for Welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares, who needed just 1.5 minutes to defend his 170-pound strap for the first time against fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Jon Fitch (read full recap here).
Palhares and Fitch headlined WSOF 16, which took place inside McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, Calif., airing live on NBC Sports. Fitch was obviously well aware that Palhares is/was a one-trick leg-crushing pony. However, rather than attempt to return to his feet as soon as possible once the Brazilian was able to latch onto his ankle, Fitch seemed to want to try to leg-lock the leg-lock savant.
It was a terrible idea (watch .gif here).
Palhares, who some are suggesting held the hold longer than necessary once again (you be the judge), retains his world title and likely sets up a date with Jake Shields sometime in 2015. Meanwhile, Fitch -- who had to be carried out of the decagon -- will likely face a long road to recovery.
And his mixed martial arts (MMA) future is far less certain.
For complete WSOF 16 coverage, including play-by-play updates of the Rousimar Palhares vs. Jon Fitch main event match and the rest of the NBC Sports main card, click here and here.