Fun fact: For awhile now I’ve maintained the stance that I’d fight anyone on the planet except for Palhares. He is quite truly the only human being I really fear on this planet. I wouldn’t be afraid to fight Jones or Aldo or GSP. Hell even fighting Anderson Silva with one arm behind my back seems like a less frightening fight than taking on Palhares. Why? The simple fact is that Palhares would break my leg, laugh as I withered in pain, take my leg home with him, mount it on his wall and go on collecting other people’s legs while I spent the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I imagine anyone who has actually been leg locked before understands my fear of Palhares. With that said, I love watching him fight and eagerly look forward to the day when Joe Silva matched Palhares up against Maia. Just think about the jiu jitsu implications of that fight and salivate a bit.
I think I’d also refuse to fight Hector Lombard. My friend fought him at an FXG about a year and a half ago and got his shin snapped in half by a straight ankle lock. Complete tib-fib fracture… again FROM A STRAIGHT ANKLE LOCK. Fuck that. Oh yeah, and he can knock you the fuck out too.
Come to think of it, Lombard vs Palhares would be a pretty interesting fight. Or Palhares vs Jacare… or Maia vs Jacare… but I digress.