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Steve Carl believes Rousimar Palhares didn’t deserve title shot, but up for the challenge

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World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Steve Carl (21-3) says he believes Rousimar Palhares (15-5) didn’t deserve the title shot, but the champ is up for the challenge.
“It is bad etiquette to give a guy a title shot for a guy who is coming out of suspension,” he said. “He is a top guy. I wont have a problem fighting him.”
In an exclusive interview with The Roman Show, Carl voiced his opinion on defending his title on March 29 in Las Vegas, NV. live on NBC Sports live starting at 9 p.m. The World Series of Fighting just signed Palhares and will be making his debut for the Las Vegas promotion. He joins WSOF after being released by the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Palhares has been under the radar after he had an issue in fighter safety not releasing submissions. Carl believes he has the advantage.
“He fights off emotion,” he said. “You can’t think as much that way that’s why he cranks. I think I’ll be calmer and it will help me.”
Carl, who defeated Josh Burkman for the title, is coming off a seven-fight win streak, while Palhares recently defeated Mike Pierce. Both fighters are known for their submission game as Carl has 16 submission victories as Palhares has 11. In regards to Palhares controversy, Carl said it is something he’ll keep a close eye on his doesn’t want to risk his career.
“It’s a personal problem with him,” he said. “Its something you have to be weary about. “
Carl said he has no game plan, but is ready to bring it.
“I’ve been working on my feet and ground,” he said. “I don’t go into a fight with a game plan. I know what I want to do and stay away from. I am just getting eager now.”
Carl also discuses about his fight against Tyler Stinson and WSOF champion Ryan Ford and more.
Hear the entire interview…

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