Polarizing submission wizard Rousimar Palhares‘ WSOF debut will include a shot at the Las Vegas-based promotion’s welterweight title.
WSOF President Ray Sefo revealed to USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie that Palhares (15-5) will face the promotion’s current 170-pound champ, Steve Carl (21-3), in the headlining bout of “WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares” on March 29. The event’s main card airs on NBC Sports Network from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. MMAjunkie carries the prelims.
“Rousimar has long been considered one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners on the planet,” Sefo said. “But Steve Carl has submitted all three opponents he’s faced in the World Series of Fighting decagon, including his October win over Josh Burkman to become champion. I think this is going to be an incredible championship fight and a memorable main event.”