If your answer to my “What Will Paul Harris Do?” survey was “C: destroy knee”, then go ahead and smugly tilt your chair in celebration, because you were correct, good sir. Mike Massenzio is the kind of middling dude that’s tailor-made to get his leg ripped off like a turkey drumstick by a beast like Rousimar “Lennie Small” Palhares, and sure enough, Paul needed only 63 seconds to do it, earning his sixth heel-hook win (not counting BJJ tournaments) and second “Sub of the Night” bonus.
Massenzio has had a knee injury at least once before, but I don’t know if it was the same one that Paul cranked, and there’s as yet no word on the interwebs if it’s still intact.
“That’s a world-class athlete who was the better fighter tonight. I had the best camp of my career. I just got stuck. It wasn’t my night. I’m really disappointed,” said Massenzio.
Well that’s because God wasn’t on your side, sinner.
“What a great victory! It’s what I always say when I get in there… if it’s God’s will then it is God’s will. I went in there and got it done. I like submissions and I got another one tonight,” said Palhares.
That’s the thing about The Almighty, He really picks and chooses when to show up. He’ll choose sides and intervene for specific sports matches, but for things like the Holocaust or Rwanda… ehh, not so much. And He can only be in one place at a time, so while He was in Rio helping out the Brazilian fighters on Saturday night, Tim Tebow was getting his ass kicked back in America. Mysterious ways, I tells ya, mysterious ways.
Anywho, Paul has lost both times he faced elite-level opponents (Hendo and Marquardt), but he’s pretty much destroyed everyone else. He’s now on a three-fight win streak, so it’s about time to give him another crack at the big boys. Sherdog thinks he should get the winner of Bisping-Maia, which sounds about right to me.