WSOF has made an interesting move as they have signed former UFC contender Rousimar Palhares to their roster. According to sources close to Palhares, he has signed on to a four-fight contract, and is expected to debut sometime in March. This is surprising news, as it was revealed earlier in the month that the promotion had no interest in signing Palhares, who was released by the UFC for holding onto leg locks for too long.
It seems they have had a change of heart, and they are expecting Palhares to shake things up in the welterweight division, which is currently being reigned by Steve Carl. Palhares has always been an exciting fighter, but he’s never been mentally strong in terms of letting submissions go when the ref steps in to stop the bout. This was clear in his bout with Mike Pierce where Pierce tapped multiple times, yet Palhares kept applying the leg lock.
The move got him cut from the UFC, and Palhares seemed apologetic after the incident. It’s a shame too, because he looked sensational in his debut at welterweight. Pierce has never been dominated like that in a fight, but it was all for naught. Now, Palhares will move on with his fighting career and hope to build his resume under the World Series Of Fighting banner, which has notable welterweight prospects such as Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman.
So, will Palhares continue his leg lock fiasco, or will he learn from his mistakes in his new promotion?