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Rousimar Palhares considering move down to welterweight

Rousimar Palhares - MMAWEEKLYAt 5’8”, UFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares has been one of the smallest 185ers on the organization’s roster since the day he first took his talents to the Octagon. However, his muscular physique and submission arsenal helped even the playing field, allowing Palhares to produce success more often than not.

Now, having lost back-to-back bouts for the first time in his career, it appears Palhares is ready to dip down and face foes lacking such significant size advantages. “Toquino” spoke to TATAME about his plans for the future, explaining he plans on fighting as a welterweight from here on out as long as he is physically able to make the move.

“My desire to get down to 170 pounds is great, but do not want to make a hasty decision,” explained the 33-year old who is actively working on the transition. “I will only really come down to my body’s response is positive.”

Palhares is 14-5 in his career with ten submission wins. He holds a 7-4 mark under the UFC banner including notable wins against Jeremy Horn and Dan Miller.


  • MCM says:

    I don’t think Size is Palhares’s problem. He needs to work on his striking and top control.

    Not sure I agree with all these big guys dropping down to WW. It was fine for guys like Maia and Kampmann that were on the small size at MW but Cote, Marquardt, Lombard, and Palhares are all naturally big guys (even if some are short) and I don’t think they necessarily need to cut the weight.


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