After being cut by the UFC after a controversial submission win over Mike Pierce, Rousimar Palhares has been signed by the World Series of Fighting.
The submission master signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in early 2014.
“Rousimar is one of the most talented athletes in mixed martial arts, and we’re excited to have him as a part of our organization,” WSOF president, Ray Sefo said.
The 33-year-old Brazilian native, Palhares made his professional debut in 2006. For the past five-plus years, he’s competed for the UFC, picking up eight wins during that time, including six victories by submission.
Palhares has faced a lot of negative criticism regarding his sportsman ship and submission game. In his last bout against Mike Pierce, Palhares did not immediately let go of the heel hook, which ended the fight. Palhares’ camp has vowed to avoid further potentially unsportsmanlike transgressions.
“We believe that Rousimar will become World Series of Fighting champion and give World Series of Fighting and its fans many great fights.” said Palhares’ manager, Alex Davis.