Oct 9, 2013; Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Rousimar Palhares reacts after defeating Mike Pierce (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Rousimar Palhares is ready to take the Welterweight title at WSOF 9


Rousimar Palhares makes his WSOF debut tomorrow night at WSOF 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In his debut, the former UFC competitor is not only getting the main event slot, but is getting a crack at the WSOF Welterweight title.

Palhares, in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, discussed that he is ready to move on from his past transgressions and start anew tomorrow night:

I don’t have much to say about the past at this point. I am focusing all of my energy on this fresh start with World Series of Fighting, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue fighting elite fighters on an internationally-televised card and for a well-respected organization.

I was approached by several organizations and had many offers on the table, but I felt that World Series of Fighting was the best option for me at the moment. Their welterweight division is very deep with top talent like Steve Carl, Jon Fitch, Josh Burkman, Tyler Stinson and Gerald Harris, and I am anxious to test myself against all of them.

As for Steve Carl, Palhares is ready to challenge him and take away his Welterweight belt:

Steve Carl is a tremendous athlete, and I have a great deal of respect for him. He is the champion in an extremely tough welterweight division. I’m blessed to be in a position to challenge him for his title, so now I need to go out there and do my best and show the world that I deserve that belt more than he does.

Before their battle tomorrow night, Palhares and Carl ran into one another today:

Along with the picture was this message from Palhares:

Yes he is my opponent, but he is not my enemy! #WSOF #March29#FightingForYou

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Tags: Bellator Jon Fitch Josh Burkman MMA Rousimar Palhares Steve Carl Tyler Stinson UFC World Series Of Fighting WSOF 9