Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares headline fight at UFC Fight Night 22 ended with a degree of controversy after Palhares claimed that his opponent had greased after he slipped out of one of the Brazilian’s infamous leg-locks.
Thankfully those claims were quickly acted upon and shot down by officials who entered the octagon and checked Marquardt immediately after the fight.
“After the fight, he (Palhares) was complaining,” Marquardt said at the post-fight press conference. “He thought I had something slippery on my legs. The referee, Herb Dean, wiped my legs with a paper towel. He said he was going to wait for the sweat to dry, and then if there was grease left over, it would leave a mark. There was nothing left over. Also, the commissioner came over and with his bare hand checked my legs and said that I was good to go.
For the record Marquardt was happy to confirm that he is not the kind of fighter that would indulge in the kind of underhand tactics he was being accused of.
“It’s kind of disappointing to have to try and defend yourself over something like that. I’m not a dirty fighter, and I don’t cheat. I don’t grease.”
And he had his own theory on why Palhares had become suspicious.
“Basically, I believe what happened was I had a good sweat going before the fight. He felt as I turned out of the ankle lock that it slipped a little bit, and he felt that I had greased or something, so I’m sure he was a little upset.”
later after having had time to reflect on his first round defeat Palhares himself retracted his accusations and apologized to Marquardt.
“I’m very sorry for the accusations I made,” Palhares told MMAJunkie. “Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I’m very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight… I congratulate Nate on his win. I learned another lesson for my career in the fight, and I apologize to Nate, his team and the UFC for any issues I contributed to. Nate is not a dirty fighter, and I was wrong to accuse him of cheating in any way.”