Controversial Brazilian Rousimar Palhares may be one of the most lethal grapplers in the sport of mixed martial arts, but his troubled history has stopped him from reaching great heights. Being notorious for holding onto submissions too long, the former UFC welterweight was handed a two year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after holding onto a lock too long against Jake Shields at World Series of Fighting 22.

Despite receiving a ban from the NSAC, Palhares signed on with Italian promotion Venator FC, and competed at Venator FC 3 against Emil Meek on May 21, 2016. Expected to secure a victory, Palhares was actually brutally stopped in the very first round in Milan, Italy.

His future is currently unclear, but it appears as if the Brazilian has continued to train, as a picture of him surfaced earlier today, and it’s safe to say that he looks quite massive in the shot.

Check out the photo below via a tweet from Allan A. Allanson:

What do you make of this picture? Could Palhares simply be training harder than ever, or as the caption suggests, has the Brazilian achieved this incredible physique in an unnatural way?