Steve Carl’s submission loss to Rousimar Palhares at the recent World Series of Fighting 9 card only cost him his welterweight title – and not any broken bones or completely torn ligaments.
Palhares, an ex-UFC fighter, locked in an inverted heel hook in the first round to secure the victory, but Carl confirmed on Facebook recently that he will not require surgery.
“MRI results are in and I’m looking at a couple partial tears, severe sprains, and lots of soft tissue damage,” Carl wrote. “NO SURGERY required!! Palhares gave me exactly what I needed: a vacation and tons of motivation! I’ll be back and better than ever this summer I guarantee it.”
The loss snapped a seven-fight win streak for Carl (21-4), which dated back to his run in Bellator in 2011. It was also just the second submission defeat of his career.