UFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares is known for his crippling heel hooks and having extremely humble beginnings. As in, once lived in a tent city under a bridge in Brazil kind of humble beginnings. He didn't have the kind of upbringing that would allow for lavish birthday celebrations.
His teammates at Brazilian Top Team changed that last week when they surprised "Toquinho" with a cake.
That was really a big surprise for me. I became a child again because this was the first time in my whole life I celebrated my birthday with a cake. Everybody knows my family always had a very humble life. I thank my BTT partners to have given me this happiness. I hope this is going to be a year of much work and that God can continue giving me the opportunities to represent Brazil and show my talent inside the Octagon.
He turned 32, and this was the first time he ever celebrated his birthday with a cake. He doesn't know the joy of red velvet or angel food or German chocolate or ice cream cake or cupcakes or yellow cake with chocolate frosting. This cake could set up a scenario where the muscle-bound Palhares takes a nosedive into the seedy underbelly of too much cake. When visiting New York for next week's UFC on Fox 3 press conference, he could visit Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J., get a taste of Buddy from "Cake Boss" famous cake, and give up heel hooks forever.
Or, he could be so inspired by his teammates' kindness that he runs a giveaway of autographed shirts on his website.
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