WSOF Signs Rousimar Palhares

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 26, 2013) – World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rousimar Palhares to the company’s welterweight roster.

The submission master signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in early 2014.

“Rousimar is one of the most talented athletes in mixed martial arts, and we’re excited to have him as a part of our organization,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said.

A 33-year-old Brazilian native, Palhares made his professional debut in 2006. For the past five-plus years, he’s competed for the UFC, picking up eight wins during that time, including six victories by submission.

Palhares has been the subject of much public scrutiny since his release from the UFC following a 31-second submission win over Mike Pierce in which the Brazilian did not immediately let go of the heel hook that ended the fight. However, Palhares and his camp have vowed to avoid any further potentially unsportsmanlike transgressions.

MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has also volunteered to help coach Palhares and help improve his mental focus in the cage.

“Rodrigo Nogueira and I would like to thank the World Series of Fighting team for working with us and signing Rousimar Palhares to fight in their promotion,” Palhares’ manager, Alex Davis, said. “We believe that Rousimar will become World Series of Fighting champion and give World Series of Fighting and its fans many great fights.”

Palhares’s signing comes less than two weeks before World Series of Fighting hosts its first Canadian event with “WSOF 7: Kharakanyan vs. Palmer” on Dec. 7 at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Georgi Karakhanyan and Lance Palmer headline the NBCSN-televised card, competing for the inaugural WSOF featherweight title. The telecast starts at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and is preceded by undercard fights streaming live on beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET.

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  • Ryan Herndon

    Of course they will… Screw this dude.

  • John Amella

    He doesn’t belong in any fighting org he’s doesn’t care about what he does ban him from fighting in the us send him back to Brazil where he belongs

  • Jeremias Shinjuro Alexandersson

    just feel sorry for his opponent

  • Juan Mano Anaya

    They must not care about the health of the talent they already have.

  • Bruised Scarred Ferrer

    one trick pony

  • Justin Lasut

    Oh well. I guess WSOF only needs one fighter at welterweight. He’ll make quick work of ending the careers of the ones already there.

  • James Purcell

    If I were him I would walk to the cage with a fake leg in his hand….he now has huge psychological edge.

  • Mike DeRose

    Didn`t they talk shit about not picking him up after he got the boot from the UFC?