Admittedly not all mistakes are as costly as a poorly packed parachute. Still, as blunders go in
"He froze," said Palhares' manager
As his bout with
It seemed for a moment as if the escape had come too easy. Palhares (11-3) certainly acted that way. And then the parachute failed to open. Taking his attention off Marquardt (30-9-2), the Brazilian complained in the direction of his corner and referee
Was Marquardt WD-40'd up?
"They checked it before I fought," Marquardt said. "I came out really warm because I wanted a good sweat. I wanted to be slippery. I just saw an opportunity and jumped on it."
Athletic commission officials at cage-side soon confirmed he wasn't coated in anything he wasn't supposed to be after the fight as well, but it was too late to help Palhares, who literally did nothing but take punches to close out the fight at 3:28 of Round 1.
"He knows he committed an error," Davis said. "He was naive. If he had a complaint he should have waited until the end of the round. The grease was in his mind, not on Marquardt's legs."
At least Palhares hadn't jumped out of a perfectly good aircraft.
Marquardt appeared headed for a tough slog against a man whose Portuguese nickname, "Toquinho," appropriately translates to "tree stump." Returning to the cage for the first time since February, when
Three lightweight bouts were scheduled underneath the evening's headlining middleweight fight. That number fell to two when
Opening the evening's televised portion,