In an interview at a previous date, top mixed martial arts contender Jake Shields addressed his next opponent Rousimar Palhares by stating that he is a dirty fighter and while himself (Shields) isn’t, that he has no problems in playing “Teacher” and teaching Rousimar a lesson because he finds him to be a liability in the cage. The pair will meet up in the main event of WSOF 22 on August 1st.
However before that happens, Rousimar wrote a personal letter to MMAJunkie about the comments that Jake had made. It was rather interesting:
“Hey Jake? How are you? My manager, Alex Davis told me about and translated what you said to MMAjunkie about me, how I am a monster, how you are going to hurt me and so forth. I don’t know how you come to think in this way about me considering we have never even actually met. But I get it – you want to make yourself the hero who submits the bad guy! No hard feelings. You need to justify yourself, and you should certainly talk it up now, because after the fight, I guess there won’t be much that you will want to talk about!
“And listen, if I do end up hurting you, it won’t be because I hate you. It’s just because this is MMA, and people don’t tap – like you probably won’t – until they are hurt! So guess what? I’ll give you a rematch in Metamoris if they will have us, and you can try again to defend my ankle and leg locks.
“Different then you, I have nothing bad to say about you. I will come into this fight, as I come into all of them, with respect for my opponent and wanting to win as fast and as definitively as I can. I look forward to seeing you Jake, and shaking your hand – or rather your foot!”
Since entering the World Series of Fighting, Rousimar has won 2 in a row against former UFC veterans. He defeated Steve Carl via heel hook, just a minute into round one at WSOF 9 which gave him the WSOF welterweight championship. Then he defended his strap against Jon Fitch at WSOF 16 where he put him away at 1:30 into the opening frame by way of a knee bar.