Rousimar Palhares has been on the wrong side of the press for some time. After being cut by the UFC for unsportsmanlike conduct in holding on to submissions too long, Palhares was dragged through the mud by many fighters and trainers he left in his wake.
Now, Palhares is just days away from his World Series of Fighting debut, and the opportunity to become a champion. In hopes of leaving his past behind him, Palhares will take on WSOF Welterweight champion, Steve Carl, in the main event of WSOF 9.
Two weeks ago, the Nevada State Athletic Commission had Palhares fly into Las Vegas from Brazil in order to take a pre-fight drug test. In a recent appearance on MMAJunkie Radio, Palhares said he was unfazed by the drug test:
I think it’s a good opportunity to prove I’m completely clean. I’m actually happy about that. It takes a whole lot of trouble out of my way. I’m clean – they can test me whenever they want, and nothing’s going to happen.
I’m not upset at all. There’s positive and negatives. I get to adapt earlier. I’m sleeping well because there is always a lot of jetlag.
FanSided will have full coverage of the World Series of Fighting 9 event throughout the week.