Palhares Laughs Off Ground Threat Of WSOF Champ

This Saturday on NBC Sports, Rousimar Palhares, fights outside the UFC for the first time since 2007.

In his WSOF debut, the former top UFC middleweight-turned-welterweight, fights newly minted promotional champion, Steve Carl.

Carl boasts an impressive 21-3 record with the majority (nearly all) his wins coming by submission.

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It’s the perfect scenario for the embattled Palhares, and he knows it.

In a recent interview with, Palhares touched on his opponents threat on the ground:

“Is he going to fight on the ground with me? I don’t know. But I hope he does [laughs].I don’t think he has anything else to do. His fights always end on the ground. It’s hard to say because I don’t know what he’s planning to do, but usually nobody wants to go to the ground against me. Let’s see if he’s going or not.”

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