World Series of Fighting Welterweight champion, Rousimar Palhares recently pulled out of his WSOF 11 championship bout against fellow former UFC stalwart, Jon Fitch for undisclosed reasons.
WSOF matchmaker, Ali Abdelaziz was none too happy about Palhares pulling out of the fight, and made that sentiment public yesterday.
Today, Palhares took to Instagram to explain why he was forced to withdraw from the fight:
Along with that picture was this message from Palhares:
My friends, I love this sport, and I will never give up on a fight. Accept any challenge, is the mark of a true warrior. Unfortunately right now my family and I, we are facing a big fight, the fight for health, for life. My mother had 13 children, and devoted her life to educate and raised me, my brothers and sisters. At this point God tells me that I need to focus 100 of my life to take care of my mother. I’m doing everything possible, dedicating myself to the fullest in order to ensure that the person who put me in this world will be health again. It wouldn’t be fair to John Fitch, to the fans that look up to me, and also with the WSOF if I go out there to performance myself without being in the best of my shape, technique and psychological conditions. It wouldn’t be fair to the MMA, our sport always determines that the athlete should be at his best limit to compete, it is no room for a mistake. I understand that in the business field and as the capitalist world that we live in today that decision may not please everyone, but I’m a human being just like everyone else. As a good son it’s time for me to take care of my mother, she needs me.
People can say whatever they like about Palhares as a fighter, but as a son he is clearly doing what he thinks must be done. We wish Palhares’ mother a quick and speedy recovery.