Watch out MW divison, Palhares is here
I was looking over the UFC 88 card and saw Hendo was fighting Rousimar Palhares. I was weirded out for a while, thinking that it was odd going from fighting 2 champions to a no namer. So I did some research and started looking for some of Palhares fights, and I have to say that I was blown away.
There are two guys in the MW division (3 if you count Philo) that are renowned for having great BJJ, with those guys being Ricardo Almeda and Damien Maia. However, there is one thing both of these guys seriously lack, which is the reason they would both likely lose to Sliva. That is of course great wrestling.
Rousimar Palhares however, is quite different. From the 5 or so fights I was able to see, he has incredible strength, amazing wrestling and control, and the best MMA adapted BJJ in the MW division (although Maia would probably murder him in a straight BJJ match). His striking is also enough good enough to set up the takedown, which is really all he needs.
He still has a few questions to be answered, such as how will he do in the clinch if he can't out muscle his opponent and is his chin and heart any good.
However, this member of BTT shows a lot of promise, with amazing transitions and probably the best foot locks in MMA all together. The only thing I would like to see in him is more concentration on striking training, although I truly doubt he will need it to beat most everyone in the MW division.
After he subs Hendo, we will see a lot of band wagoning for this guy, so let me be the first to get the wheels going. He might not get a title shot any time soon, but he is going to be undefeated for a looong time and a definite future MW champion.