Joe Rogan Shares Rousimar Palhares’s Troubled Childhood Story With Craig Jones

Published 05/28/2021, 12:46 PM EDT


Joe Rogan sat down with Craig Jones and Alexander Volkanovski in a recent edition of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. One thing to another led to a chat about former UFC middleweight, Rousimar Palhares.

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Palhares was a submission artist like few others. He could finish a fight whenever he got a chance to get a hold of his opponent’s legs.

Jones said he had a BJJ match against Palhares scheduled at 190 lbs. However, ‘Toquinho’ showed up at 220 lbs. That discussion led to Rogan sharing Palhares’s troubled upbringing.

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The Brazilian was very poor during his younger days and Rogan believes that contributed to his ferocity as a fighter.

He had a horrific childhood. He was insanely poor. The story behind his childhood is terrible. And, I guess that’s what made him a ferocious fighter,” said Rogan.

Whatever that horrific childhood was like, it made him. If that guy got a hold of people’s leg you’d go like this (expression) on the sidelines.

“And back then, really he was one of the most sophisticated guys in MMA when it came to heel hooks. He wrap a hold of your legs man, you got a real problem,” he further added.

PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on November 1, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

Jones is one of the legendary fighters in BJJ being a black belt. Even he recognized Palhares’s elite skills to submit his opponents via heel-hook. ‘Toquinho‘ has a massive 9 wins by heel-hook in his career.

Rousimar Palhares had his UFC career ended in controversy

Palhares had a nasty tendency to hold on to submissions even after his opponents tapped. That risked his opponents aggravating serious injuries. Also, it was not a one-off incident as the Brazilian had done it multiple times in his career.

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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 24: UFC President Dana White interacts with media during the UFC on FOX press conference on January 24, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC and President Dana White had had enough of his antics. He eventually decided to cut the Brazilian off their roster. What did you make of Joe Rogan’s Rousimar Palhares story? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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