The World Series of Fighting returns this weekend with WSOF 9.
In the main event, Steve Carl defends his welterweight title against Rousimar Palhares. The co-main will see a crowning of a bantamweight champion, as Marlon Moraes takes on Josh Rettinghouse.
On Thursday, the WSOF held a pre-fight press conference. Below are some noteworthy quotes from the event, along with a video replay of the highlights.
The main card airs on NBC Sports Network, and the entire event will also stream online.
Ray Sefo, WSOF president
“I don’t think it’s hard to digest at all (Palhares fighting for a title). His record and the people he has fought speaks for itself. He’s fought some of the best in the world. He didn’t get cut from UFC because he lost. He got cut because of a submission he held too long, so they say. That being said, Rousimar Palhares is one of the best fighters in the world.”
Ali Abdel-Aziz, WSOF executive vice president
“Steve Carl is the champion and I think the odds makers have it wrong. I believe he’s the favorite in this fight. Rousimar Palhares has to come into his house and he has to prove he can be the champ. Steve Carl is not the fighter he was three or four years ago. I’m excited as a fan to have the best seat in the house and I’m excited for this fight.”
“Of course my motivation comes from fighting for a belt. Who wouldn’t want to fight for a belt?”