The 32 year old "Toquinho" gave a powerful leg kick early in the fight, landing flush against the "Lightning's" limb, and shattered the bones and causing ligament damage in his right foot. For the rest of the fight, Palhares was hobbling on the stage until Lombard delivered the final blow.
The Brazilian fighter told MMA Junkie: "During the fight, my kick was working well. But soon in the first round, one of my kicks hit Lombard's shin below his knee. I heard a snap, and I knew something bad happened. From that moment on, I started feeling my foot more and more numb and without strength to walk around the octagon. It was a very complicated situation. I went through something similar in the fight against Jeremy Horn when I broke my hand during the fight."
Trainer Murilo Bustamante said of Palhares, "What happened, happened. He is a great athlete and will overcame to be back up. The entire team of UFC has done a great good job since the first medical care in the arena of the fight. The hospital staff also made all necessary effort getting imaging tests with 'Toquinho', and from then on, we started treatment immediately. His right foot is still very swollen. We still do not have prediction of when he will be able to go back to training."
Palhares, 14-5, who strung together three straight wins with two submissions, has dropped consecutive contests, both by technical knockout.
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