It is probably the most stacked division in Ray Sefo’s World Series of Fighting. The welterweights all have value and talent as a group that is headed by champion Steve Carl. Carl will make his first title defense in March against newly acquired Rousimar Palhares. MMAJunkie.com had the report early this morning.
The champ Carl has been impressive in his three WSOF outings thus far. He holds three submission wins including putting Josh Burkman out with a slick triangle choke to capture the title. The 29 year old has won seven fights in a row and has finished all seven fights by submission. Sitting at 21-3, he has been doing his thing since 2005 and in that time had a 2-2 stint in Bellator.
It was unclear at first where the controversial Rousimar Palhares would land after being cut from the UFC. He’s been twice suspended for holding on to submissions after the tap and once for the use of performance enhancing drugs. The former UFC middleweight turned welterweight is as dangerous as the come. He can take your leg off with the quickness. Palhares went 8-4 during his time under the Zuffa banner with wins over fellow WSOF roster mate David Branch as well as Jeremy Horn and most recently Mike Pierce.
WSOF 9 is set to take place at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on March 29th. More bout announcements are expected as tickets go on sale later this week. For more information stay locked in to ProMMAnow (www.prommanow.com).