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UFC 142 Results: What We Learned from Mike Massenzio vs. Rousimar Palhares

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2012

Rousimar Palhares is at it again.

At UFC 142 on Saturday night, the leglock master showed the world again why you don't want to roll with him on the ground.

Just over a minute into the fight with Mike Massenzio, Palhares jumped guard, isolated a leg, and finished the bout with a nasty heel-hook.


What we'll remember about this fight

The finish.

There's not much else to remember—the fight was only a minute long.

Palhares wrapped up the leg, Rogan said it was over, and then Massenzio was crying out in pain and tapping.


What we learned about Rousimar Palhares:

Nothing we didn't already know.

We already knew he had a crushing heel-hook. Tonight just served as a reminder.


What we learned about Mike Massenzio:

Massenzio isn't quite ready for fighters of Palhares' caliber yet.

Palhares is fluttering somewhere around tenth in the middleweight division, and Massenzio is not ready for the level of talent that the top 10 possesses.

Massenzio needs a few more lower-level opponents before he's ready for another step up in competition.


What's next for Rousimar Palhares:

The loser of Demian Maia vs. Michael Bisping.


What's next for Mike Massenzio:

Massenzio might be cut after this one. His current UFC record is 3-4.

If the UFC decides to keep him around, Tim Credeur or Jarred Hamman could be next.


Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. For updates on what's happening in the world of MMA, follow him on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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