Rousimar Palhares, Garry Tonon Fight to Stalemate in Draw-Filled Polaris 3 Event

By Mike Sloan Apr 2, 2016

With the rules of 15-minute fights and a winner only able to be crowned via submission, Polaris events are usually littered with entertaining matchups with combatants going for broke. Polaris 3 on Saturday was no different as the card saw hundreds of submission attempts from the 16 fighters that comprised the main card.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a victor to be found anywhere on the pay-per-view internet stream but that’s not to say the duels weren’t devoid of action.

Main event participants Garry Tonon and UFC veteran Rousimar Palhares electrified the crowd with a scintillating war that was fought on top speed throughout, but neither man was able force the other to tap. “Toquinho” scored several hard slams and takedowns in between his escapes of Tonnon’s submission brilliance. Though both men are noted for their masterful leg locks, it was the American who came the closest to finishing the fight.

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Tonon locked in a series of deep heel hooks and leg locks throughout the first half of the contest, but it was near the midway point where “The Lion Killer” almost got the tap. He latched on to the Brazilian’s leg and dug deep for a heel hook and he almost had it. Palhares rolled to his left several times while grimacing in pain and if it wasn’t for the fact that the two rolled off the mat, Tonon may have landed the sole submission of the event.

Tonon didn’t come as close again, but it didn’t prevent him from trying a few triangles, armbars, kimuras and an anaconda, only to see the muscular “Toquinho” defend them all. In the end, the rousing battle was declared a draw.

The co-main event was overflowing with animosity as UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jake Shields came close a few times to submitting hated rival A.J. Agazarm, but the Carlos Gracie black belt was too savvy to get subbed by his Cesar Gracie counterpart. The adversaries slapped each other, talked trash, shoved one another and tried like hell to force a tapout, but pride and determination from both men nullified it. Shields was the aggressor throughout and dominated in terms of positioning and submission attempts, but the bulkier Agazarm had too terrific a defense to allow it, resulting in a draw.

Eddie Cummings came close a few times to catching Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes in their matchup, but Cummings’ super-defensive style disallowed the Brazilian from mounting any real offense, also leaving the match without a winner.

The rest of the main card was filled with ultra-competitive bouts: Bruno Frazatto and Gianni Grippo were tied up in a semi-permanent Berimbolo position and each fended off a plethora of leg locks; Gezary Matuda couldn’t pass Laurence Fouillat’s pesky guard; Jon Satava dominated Darragh O Conaill but couldn’t get a submission; last-minute replacement Luiz Tosta hung tough with the aggressive Geo Martinez; and Yukinori Sasa’ impeccable defense thwarted all of Joao Miyao’s attacks, all resulting in draws.


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