WSOF: Rousimar Palhares Gets Second Chance; Fights Steve Carl For Welterweight Title

By Jeremy Green
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A controversial fighter as of late has been Rousimar Palhares. Palhares is one of the most dangerous submission grapplers in MMA right now, especially when it comes to leg locks. When he gets a leg lock on his opponents, the end is near and his opponents have to tap out almost immediately, otherwise they run the risk of facing serious ligament damage.

Palhares has gotten a lot of heat for holding onto submissions for too long, and this even got him kicked out of the UFC. Now he’s set to fight under the World Series Of Fighting promotion, and it appears his first fight with the promotion will be a title fight. It was announced earlier today that Palhares will fight for the welterweight belt, which is currently being held by Steve Carl. This news was confirmed by the WSOF Twitter page:

.@Steve_Carl will defend his welterweight title against Rousimar @ToquinhoMMA Palhares in the main event on March 29th

This is a huge opportunity for Palhares, because he still has the chance to be a champion, even though it’s not going to be in the UFC. And, he gets the chance to show everyone that he’s not a dirty fighter, and that his intentions are not malicious when he’s in their fighting against Carl.

It’s going to be a fun welterweight title fight, and Palhares certainly has the chance to catch Carl if the opening is there. Will Palhares turn over a new leaf and prove he’s not a dirty fighter, or will he revert back to his old ways against Carl? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.

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